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Liriano comes through; Pavano up at noon

Posted on: August 13, 2009 9:16 am
Edited on: August 13, 2009 9:17 am

I got pretty lucky. On Monday, my friend Craig offered me box seats to last night's Twins game, and of course, I accepted without reservation. But on Monday, I could never have known what I'd be treated to in that climate-controlled cavern… yeah, the free drinks were nice, but Francisco Liriano's pitching performance was infinitely better. I was giddy the entire time, texting friends about how "vintage" he looked. There was a certain confidence and mission-mindedness about him that I hadn't seen since '06. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Seven innings, eight strikeouts, one run given up. HE'S NOT DEAD YET!

Yes, I know it was against the putrid Royals.

Yes, I know it was in the near-always-friendly Dome.

And yes, I know that pretty much anything resembling not sucking would have blown me away last night after Tuesday's abomination.

But I, and we, as Twins fans can't be satisfied with one sparkling start. That wouldn't be fair after what this a-hole Minnesota team has put us through recently. We need MORE. And we need Carl Pavano to provide us with the punctuation mark on a series win today. I chronicled his terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad stats against sub-.500 teams in one of the three August 12 entries. In short, we shouldn't be surprised by a Nick Blackburn-like (post-All Star Break) outing today. And just how bad has Blackburn been in the second half of the season? Check this out:

Five starts… 0-3 record…8.87 ERA (23 ER in 23-1/3 IP)… 2.100 WHIP… players are .407/.426/.638 COMBINED batting against him…

I could go on for a long, long time. Oooohh… just found another stat:

He gave up 1 HR per 51.8 batters faced in the first half… Is giving up 1 HR per 28 batters faced in second half.

What the hell is wrong with this guy? Is the sinker not sinking? Is his arm tired? Are contract negotiations throwing off his concentration (rimshot!…a la The Common Man)? We might have to go to a four-man rotation with the bullpen pitching every fifth day. Or maybe get John Smoltz?

***Special thanks to Joe Crede for restoring my faith in his power bat. Now, can someone please toss him into a padded room between games from now on?

Twins day game today at 12:10 CST! Enjoy! Thanks for reading.

Category: MLB

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2009 12:35 pm

Liriano comes through; Pavano up at noon

Two-three-year deal for Cabrera? That's called playing with fire, as he's 34 right now. I could see another 1-year contract though. MAYBE two. We wouldn't even give Torii Hunter a five year deal (final year-37 yrs. old).

As for today, I just want Pavano to pitch well enough to drop his ERA below 5.00. If he goes something like 7 IP with 2 ER, it'll get down there. It's embarrassing to have to look at that. Two more identical starts from Liriano will drop his ERA below that mark too. Of course, that's probably wishful thinking.

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 12:06 pm

Liriano comes through; Pavano up at noon

The way Delmon Young is tagging the ball, it's tough to sit him on the bench.  If young and crede start to consistently hit, they will be the difference for twins down the stretch.  I'm excited to see Pavano today, it's great that our pickups are performing at such a high level.  Orlando Cabrera has been STELLAR from day one with the twins.  I would love to see him sign a 2-3 year deal with the twins in the offseason.  I think he's worth it!

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