I'm not going to understand it but let's give Sam his own thread and see if anyone can convince me that Sam just doesn't matter.
Sign Pelfrey... Meh... It doesn't matter... It will only cost us Sam Deduno.
I don't understand it. He wasn't having massive control problems last year but everyone talks like he was.
He pitched 13 Solid innings for the Dominican Republic in the WBC. He was chosen to start against Team USA over Wandy Rodriquez and also chosen to start the Championship Game against Puerto Rico.
He held PR to 2 hits over 5 shutout innings. He kept Mauer and Team USA to one run over 4 innings.
After some time on the DL. He joined the Twins and exhibited decent control all year
After a rough 1st start against Detroit.
He pitched better than anyone we had and better than anyone we have signed for 2014... 12 starts in a row... 9 Quality starts out 12. With the Twins winning 8 out of those 12 starts with Sam personally going 7-3.
From May 29 to August 2... 77IP... 23ER... That's an ERA of 2.69!!!
After August 2nd... It was clear he was hurt and it turned out to be a shoulder injury. That can be a problem for a pitcher.
Unless his shoulder is still an issue.... How?!?... In Anyone's name can anyone casually make the statement that Sam Deduno is expendable... He doesn't matter or anything of the like.
Yes its a small sample size but how can anyone look at a guy throw a 2.69 over 12 starts... on a pitching starved team and say... no thanks?
Edited by Riverbrian, 16 December 2013 - 07:17 PM.