Don't look now, but Tyler Duffey is pitching very well in Rochester. He's pitched eight innings so far, all in relief, in three games, and he's done something that's a bit odd: He has a 2-1 record with NO EARNED RUNS allowed. (He's allowed two unearned runs.) He's struck out 10 in 8 innings, and has issued no walks and only 2 hits (That's a 0.25 WHIP rate). At this rate, He might get called up, especially if Hildenberger continues to falter.
First Jake Odorizzi pitches six innings of shutout baseball in the opening game. Then Kyle Gibson pitches six innings of shutout and hitless baseball – arguably a step above Odorizzi.. Yesterday, Jose Berrios pitches nine innings of three-hit, one walk, six strikeout baseball - even better than Gibson.. Today, Starter Lance Lynn pitches at noon, central time. No pressure though. You think!?!
Manager Paul Molitor has not yet named his opening day starter. I have an out-of-the-box suggestion: Fernando Romero. Romero has not yet allowed a run - or a hit - in spring training. He's been nearly perfect. Yes, I know, he's not expected to make the opening day roster. Here's my thinking: • Clearly Ervin Santana cannot be the opening day starter – he's recovering from finger surgery. • Jose Berrios would be the next logical choice, but Molitor wants him to pitch in Puerto Rico, his na
On Tuesday, I checked the 25-man rosters of all 30 MLB teams, checking not for quality, but quantity - of players by positions. While this may not be the opening day roster, it was probably close. Of the 30 teams: • Most had 12 pitchers. Two teams - the Athletics and the Mets had 11 pitchers. the Mets actually only had 24 players on the 25-man roster. The Cubs, Giants and Indians had 13 pitchers. All others had 12. • Four of the AL teams – Athletics, Red Sox, Royals and Tigers had a player named
Sunday will be the 10th anniversary of the death of Kirby Puckett, one of the most beloved Twins of all time. I just thought it would be nice to offer some memories of Puckett as a Twin – from his infectious smile to his game-winning 1991 World Series Game 6 home run. What's your favorite memory of Kirby Puckett?