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Midterms part 2....

Posted at 11:37 AM on July 14, 2005 by David Zingler (7 Comments)

Yesterday, we graded out the Twins position players, today it is the pitching staff's turn....

The rotation
Brad Radke 6-8, 4.15 ERA, 31 K/ 21BB
The Twins re-upped with Radke to the tune of 2 years and $18 million last off-season, but he hasnít held up his part of the bargain so far. The team will need a strong second half from the right handed control freak to reach the post season.
Grade: C-
Prediction: 14-12, 3.90ish ERA

Johan Santana 7-5, 3.98 ERA, 143/26
Like Radke, Santana has been disappointing thus far. Look for a strong finish from the reigning AL Cy Young winner.
Grade: C
Prediction: 17-8, 3.40ish ERA, 270ish Kís

Carlos Silva 7-3, 3.53 ERA, 41/5
The Twins most consistent pitcher thus far, the efficient Silva just gets it done.
Grade: B+
Prediction: 15-6, 3.50ish ERA, 9 BB

Kyle Lohse 7-7, 4.42 ERA, 47/20
The much maligned Lohseís numbers actually donít look bad for a 4th starter. He, however, must be more consistent.
Grade: C
Prediction: 13-12, 4.50ish ERA

Joe Mays 5-3, 4.13 ERA, 33/22
Another target of many fansí wrath, Mays has pitched pretty well coming off Tommy John surgery. Like Lohse, consistency is an issue.
Grade: C+
Prediction: 11-7, 4.00ish ERA

The Ďpen
Jesse Crain 8-1, 2.43 ERA, 1 save/8 holds, 40 2/3 IP
The vulture was unhittable early on, but struggled some late. Probably the most pleasant surprise on the team.
Grade: A-
Prediction: 12-4 2.50ish ERA

Juan Rincon 4-2, 2.54 ERA, 0/15, 38 IP
Made headlines for drug related suspension, but has otherwise been quietly effiecient.
Grade: B
Prediction: 9-4, 2.40ish ERA

J.C. Romero 2-2, 2.43 ERA, 0/9, 33 1/3 IP
The talented Romero remains an enigma. His pretty numbers disguise the high percentage of inherited runners he allows to score.
Grade: B-
Prediction: 4-4, 2.70ish ERA

Matt Guerrier 0-1, 3.90 ERA, 32 1/3 IP
The rookie has been solid in a limited role.
Grade: C+
Prediction: 3-2, 3.70ish ERA

Terry Mulholland 0-2, 4.66 ERA, 36 2/3 IP
The 43-year-oldís experience is valuable, but his arm is vunerable.
Grade: C-
Prediction: 1-4, 5.00ish ERA

Joe Nathan 1-3, 3.43 ERA, 25 saves, 39 1/3 IP
The two-time All Star seems to have steadied after a shaky stretch. Near perfection is needed in the second half.
Grade: B
Prediction: 2.90ish ERA, 48 saves

Comments (7)

for a team leading wild card race...there's a lot of C(s) given. are we sure reusse isn't ghost writing these mid-terms? if this was '93 thru '00 you'd be whistling another tune, i think. now those were some lean years for this twinks fan. how soon we this fast food world of ours.

Posted by kinsella | July 14, 2005 4:19 PM

who would you grade higher??

Posted by daveZ | July 14, 2005 6:05 PM

castro...b- (defense...defense...defense) & mulholland...b- (still eats up innings)& soon joe randa...b+...i can dream right? david ortiz...b+...wait...nevermind.

Posted by kinsella | July 15, 2005 9:15 AM

I would give higher marks to Silva. For example, he has received a grand total of 3 runs in his 3 losses, and has given up more than 4 runs only once. The Twins have won in each of his last 7 starts, and 5 of those 7 games were preceded by a loss/losing streak.

Posted by Ben Tesch | July 15, 2005 10:04 AM

I can see Silva, but a B+ is pretty good....Castro & Mulholland however, are walking, talking Cs........either way, we're splitting hairs..........

Posted by daveZ | July 15, 2005 10:41 AM

baseball blogs are all about splitting hairs...right? i think the pitchers could all be bumped up a point; there has been no run support this year. the hitting has let the entire team down.

Posted by kinsella | July 18, 2005 9:22 AM

and for the first 6 games back from the break they all should get an F. starting with boones farm snow creek berry.

Posted by kinsella | July 19, 2005 8:55 AM

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