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Article: Do the Twins View Swarzak as a Starter?

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#21 Linus


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:05 PM

Its possible that Swarzak is just figuring things out - it takes some guys a while. He really pitched well last year and I think it is wise of the Twins to see what he can do as a starter. We may have a Jeff Samardja on our hands as that was his path and is now a valuable starter. Swarzak certainly needs to pitch in a more important role - either starting or set-up

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:06 PM

You don't want your lefty who was your best relief pitcher in high leverage situations in 2013, be your long man, you want him to be the set up lefty. I just don't get all the non-appreciation that Duensing gets sometimes (and I am not talking about Jeremy here, just a general comment)

I agree that Duensing is underappreciated here, but I understand why. He pitched two different seasons last year. The first saw numbers like this: 4.67 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and a 1.88 SO/BB, while the second half saw numbers like this : 3.08 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 4.33 SO/BB.

Most fans had turned off their TV's or at least tuned out the on field product long before he became a quality reliever.

#23 Paul Pleiss

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:41 PM

The Good Ship Duensing, like the Good Manship have both sailed. Duensing can be effective out of the pen, but I don't see anyway he becomes anything more than an afterthought, even for a spot start.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:59 PM

I've thought for awhile Swarzak earned another chance to start. Deduno if healthy deserves to start the year in the rotation. With how well he pitched until his shoulder flared up it would be silly to just discount him completely.

This means moving Corriea is a real possibility come ST, also they have little to no belief in Diamond & Worley.

Duesning does get a little more heat than he deserves, he is pretty good against lefties and can get out the occasional righty. However at 2mill a year his value is diminished. Diamond is not a good candidate to replace him but Theilbar was pretty good last year & Albers can easily be a the 2nd loogy/long relief pitcher.

Edited by Trevor0333, 14 January 2014 - 01:03 PM.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:14 PM

I haven't given up on signing Garza & moving Corriea. My dream off season season scenario still is. Signing Garza & Drew while trading Corriea, Burton, May, &or both Diamond/Worley for Dominic Brown & Papelbon's contract.

1) Garza 2) Nolasco 3) Hughes 4) Deduno 5) Gibson/Meyer

CL) Perkins SU) Papelbon RHP) Fien, Swarzak, Tonkin LHP) Thielbar, Albers

1) Dozier 2) Drew 3) Mauer 4) Willingham/Kubel 5) Brown 6) Arcia 7) Plouffe/Sano 8) Pinto 9) Presley/Hicks

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:18 PM

I'd say Trevor0333's roster would have an excellent shot at another 90+ loss season.

#27 Marta Shearing

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:39 PM

Deduno doesn't throw enough early strikes to be a good reliever. He's either a starter here, or a starter somewhere else.

Does it really matter with a long man coming in to eat some innings in a game thats already out of hand?