By Evan Brunell
Matt Capps continues to lose his grip on the closer's job, a gig that is falling to Glen Perkins after Capps failed on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday to close the door.
Capps blew the Sunday game by giving up four earned runs in just 1/3 of an inning. This wasn't abnormal for Capps, who has been prone to the occasional blow-up here and there, skyrocketing his ERA and then seeing the former Pirates and Nationals reliever tamp it back down over the ensuing games. Except this time, Ron Gardenhire has run out of patience (despite his words to the contrary), and Capps has been yanked from the last two games after allowing multiple baserunners.
Capps has been strenuously booed by Twins fans, something Capps says he understands.
"It's a terrible feeling having to go take him out of the game," Gardenhire told the Associated Press. "I said that the last time. And it's not fun for a manager to go take him out. We're trying to win ballgames."
It doesn't help that Capps has blown six saves, notching just 13. The six blown saves already match his 2010 total, but he added 42 saves on top of that.
To that end, Gardenhire's not even bothering Wednesday with giving Capps another chance. Via the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Gardenhire reports that Capps will not get a save opportunity should one arise. Instead, a save will likely go to Perkins or Joe Nathan, who has come on as of recently after struggling to return from Tommy John surgery.
Capps has a 4.76 ERA on the season in 35 2/3 innings, striking out just 21 while giving out five free passes and allowing six home runs with 37 hits given up.
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