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Twins set postseason rotation

Posted on: September 22, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 2:38 pm
 
Francisco Liriano The Twins have not only set their place in the playoffs, manager Ron Gardenhire has set his postseason rotation.

For now, he told reporters, it will be Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing and Nick Blackburn in the playoffs, but could change if someone pitches poorly down the stretch, according to the Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III .

Pavano will also get a little more rest. He'll start again on Saturday -- eight days after his last start, Thursday in Chicago.

Pavano is leading the team in wins with a 17-11 record and a 3.60 ERA, while the lefty Liriano has a better winning percentage (.636, 14-8) and lower ERA (3.44).

Kevin Slowey is the odd man out, despite going 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA and .216 batting average against in his last nine starts. Blackburn, who is today's starter for the Twins, has pitched in six games since a monthlong demotion to Triple-A and has gone 2-3 with a  2.09 ERA and a .216 batting average against.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Comments

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:05 pm
 

Twins set postseason rotation

Three of the 4 er's were given up in a rough 6th inning last year.  Actually pitched very well early.  Game One on the road 13 hours after arriving in NY after game 163.



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 7:58 pm
 

Twins set postseason rotation

Duensing started game one on the road against the Yank's last postseason.

You're right. Just looked up the stats. I see why it was so forgettable.



Since: Aug 15, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Twins set postseason rotation

Duensing started game one on the road against the Yank's last postseason.



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 4:04 pm
 

Twins set postseason rotation

Without any real ace, I think this will be interesting. Liriano probably gives the Twinkies their best shot at another teams ace but the way he gets himself into trouble so consistently, it seems, I predict he'll either dominate or (more likely) be gone in 3 or 4. In which case, I love the depth of having Slowey available to come in early if need be.

Past the #1 starter, I like the way the Twins match up in games 2 and 3. I'd probably rather see Pavano at 3, though, as starting the less experienced Duensing on the road for his first playoff game seems like it could lead to some nerves. I'd rather have the veteran in that spot. No matter what, Gardy has a ton of flexibility in the 'pen.


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