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    Matthew Lenz

    As a team, the Twins pitching staff had a decent month of July occurring 2.6 fWAR which was good enough for 10th best. They lost José Berríos to a trade but was he able to knock off Taylor Rogers and win the prestigious Twins Daily Minnesota Twins Pitcher of the Month Award? Let’s find out.

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    The month of July featured some turnover that was long overdue with the demotion of Matt Shoemaker at the beginning of month and trading J.A. Happ at the end of the month. We saw seven different starting pitchers and seventeen pitchers get innings altogether. Here are the four I thought did the best. Do you agree? 

    Honorable Mention #3: Bailey Ober
    This spot was really a toss up between a couple guys, but I went Bailey Ober because I think he faired well given the circumstances. If you had told me, or anyone, that by the end of July Bailey Ober would have 47 1/3 big league innings I would have told you something went terribly wrong. Welp...here we are. Regardless, Ober has responded well and July was no exception.

    Over 22 2/3 innings and five starts, Ober had a 3.97 ERA while striking out more than one batter per inning, and earning his first major league victory against the Chicago White Sox. His downfall was walks (3.18 per nine) and the long ball (1.59 per nine) which hadn’t been problems in nearly 200 minor league innings. Ober will use the rest of the 2021 season to showcase his talents for the 2022 starting rotation which currently has four open spots.

    Honorable Mention #2: Danny Coulombe

    Coulombe has quietly been one of the most reliable arms out of the bullpen in his short time with the Twins. He dominated the month of July in particular by striking out 10.64 batters per nine innings, boasting an ERA of 1.64, and ISSUING ZERO WALKS throughout the entire month. I would expect the walk rate to increase as that’s always been an issue for him, but it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season pans out for Coulombe. Despite being 31-years-old, he still has three years of team control remaining which could be significant if he turns into a passable or better reliever for the Minnesota Twins.


    Honorable Mention #1: José Berríos
    For the third consecutive month, ‘La Makina’ is the runner up to the Pitcher of the Month and it actually was his worst month of the season. Now, when you’re having the season that Berríos is having, saying it was his worst month is hardly a knock. In the month of July he threw 32 innings over five starts with an ERA of 3.66 and a K/9 of 8.44. If it weren’t for one really bad inning against the Chicago White Sox in the nightcap of a doubleheader, Berríos's July would have been nearly on par with the rest of his season.

    Of course, the month of July ended the Berríos era with the Minnesota Twins when he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. In his time with the Minnesota Twins, he was one of the most durable pitchers in all of baseball throwing 781 and ⅓ innings, striking out 779 batters, and a 4.08 ERA.

    Pitcher of the Month: Kenta Maeda

    It took three months, but we finally got a glimpse of the 2020 Kenta Maeda who finished 2nd in Cy Young voting. It’s been a rough go in 2021, but in July Maeda had an era of just 2.15 while striking out 11.05 batters per nine innings and walking 1.84 batters per nine innings. Despite his efforts, he only earned a decision in two of his five outings, winning one of them. On top of his effectiveness on the mound, he also scored the game winning run when he pinch ran in extra innings against the Detroit Tigers.

    Currently, Maeda is the only starter that is locked into the rotation for 2022 so regaining his 2020 form will be important to follow over the next two months of the season.

     

    How do you feel about these rankings? How would you rank them? 

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    Not sure there is much to argue with it, wasn't much to choose from July, here are most of the numbers for July, which are just gross.

    Pineda -4.41.  Robles - 9.64 , Alcala - 7.84, Happ - 9.22, Duffey - 4.66, Rogers - 6.48, Colome - 3.72, Thielbar - 6.00, Jax - 5.14, Minaya - 6.00, Burrows - 8.31,

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    I would have given it to Berrios or Ober.  I am not as impressed with Maeda as many seem to be.  He was great last year, this year he was not only bad at the beginning, but I would argue he is just average right now.   This pitching staff just has a long way to go at this point.  I would really like to see a Balazovic given a chance and a few more of our high end prospect pitchers. 

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    46 minutes ago, mikelink45 said:

    I would have given it to Berrios or Ober.  I am not as impressed with Maeda as many seem to be.  He was great last year, this year he was not only bad at the beginning, but I would argue he is just average right now.   This pitching staff just has a long way to go at this point.  I would really like to see a Balazovic given a chance and a few more of our high end prospect pitchers. 

    I think there could be some argument made for the first line over the second, based on the 2 2/3 more innings pitcher (I wouldn't agree with it but it could be made), but the third line doesn't even belong in the conversation, since they all started the same amount of games.

    Innings Hits Walks K's ERA
    32 21 9 30 3.66
    29.1 18 6 36 2.15
    22.2 18 8 25 3.97
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    The more I think about this season the more I think I would put Pineda and Maeda in the BP and just put one young pitcher after the next on the mound to start the games.  We know Maeda and we might not even have Pineda in the future.  Let's see what we have. 

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