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Some explaining to do in Minnesota

Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:12 am
Edited on: September 3, 2010 1:57 am
Scott Baker
You could almost hear the entire state of Minnesota screaming at the TV set Thursday night: "How in the %#@* do you run out of pitchers in September ?!?"

There were some extenuating circumstances, but it's still pretty much inexcusable that the Twins got caught short-handed in the bullpen two days after they had the ability to import as much pitching depth as they wanted thanks to roster expansion.

Starter Scott Baker left the game against Detroit after two innings with elbow pain, and the game went extra innings. So atop the mound in the 11th inning appeared Brian Duensing -- who started and threw 103 pitches on Tuesday in the opener of this very series, and promptly gave up the go-ahead run Thursday. The Twins came back and tied it, and Nick Blackburn, the scheduled Friday starter, pitched the 13th -- and promptly gave up what would be the winning run.

The Twins used five relievers between Baker and Duensing, two of them for less than an inning. Matt Capps and newest Twin Brian Fuentes were unavailable with medical issues. So why in the world would a team in a pennant race not have half its Triple-A pitching staff dispatched to Minneapolis? I count seven pitchers on the 40-man roster who aren't on the 25-man, and all were available to be called up.

Obviously it's not every day you get two innings from your starter and play into the 13th, but with so much at stake and so many people being paid to cover all the bases, the Twins should have had extra arms available. There are going to be some tough questions for Bill Smith and Ron Gardenhire after this one.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:22 pm

Some explaining to do in Minnesota

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Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2010 1:50 am

Some explaining to do in Minnesota


Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2010 8:36 pm

Some explaining to do in Minnesota

They have had their bogey before. Gardy will really mess something up in the postseason.

If the Vikings don't win a Super Bowl this year (not saying they will, I think they have a shot), it will be a LOOOONG time before they do. Childress isn't that good of a coach.

Havn't seen tonights lineup yet, but Matt Fox better not get a lame one in his debut. I remember when Adam Johnson made his MLB debut, pitched great, but the Twins only had like 5 regulars in the line up. Lost like 2-1 or something.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 7:51 pm

Some explaining to do in Minnesota

some teams can manage 18 innings with just a 11 man pitching staff on a 25 roster squad. The Twins management had a bogey

Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2010 7:25 pm
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Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2010 6:24 pm

Some explaining to do in Minnesota

Good article.
Gardy doesn't deserve to have the fans watching his back anymore. The guy may be great in the clubhouse but he's not a good manager of the game. I hope I am wrong, but I don't think the Twins will ever win the World Series with him at the helm

Since: Sep 3, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2010 5:53 pm

Some explaining to do in Minnesota

Gardenhire actually tends to keep starting pitchers in the game one batter too long,  but in this game he had no choice,  Baker reported an arm injury after two innings.   Gardy was ejected for protesting horrendous calls by the second base umpire well before the pitching chaos really took hold.   Bad pitching, bad fielding, shaky umpiring, injury,  inability to bunt, poor hitting in key situations....lots of unusual things came together to create an awful game for the Twins.  Still it took 13 innings to lose....

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 3:48 pm

Some explaining to do in Minnesota

Over-managing has become as prevalent as over-paid relief pitchers. As a Sox fan, I can say that Ozzie is responsible for about 6 loses this year because of poor management of his relief staff. But to be honest, this is the first time I can ever recall Gardenhire doing something so blatantly bad that it cost them the game. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2010 3:03 pm

Some explaining to do in Minnesota


Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2010 1:22 pm

Some explaining to do in Minnesota

I agree with the article but I think Gardy derserves the benefit of the doubt here. I am not sold on Smith yet but Gardy is the backbone of the team and the fans have his back.

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