Posted at 6:05 PM on July 8, 2008
by David Zingler
The Twins trade Johan Santana, don't add another major league arm other than Livan Hernandez, Francisco Liriano spends the first half in the minors and they have their deepest rotation in years....yeah, the grades look good:
Livan Hernandez (9-5, 5.18 ERA, 43K/23BB, 1.59 WHIP, .336 BAA)
Great start, shaky stretch, solid lately - based on his recent track record, the Twins are getting what they paid for from Hernandez. Other than the W-L record, his stat line is pretty ugly.
Scott Baker (5-2, 3.32 ERA, 64K/14BB, 1.18 WHIP, .256 BAA)
Pitched brilliantly last night, but to no avail - Baker has stepped it up this year and has to be considered the team's ace.
Nick Blackburn (7-4, 3.78 ERA, 58K/16BB, 1.31 WHIP, .294 BAA)
With Baker's early injury, Blackburn has been the most reliable starter all season for the Twins. Bouncing back like he did after getting hit in the head against the Yankees in June is a test to his character.
Kevin Slowey (6-6, 3.78 ERA, 60K/11BB, 1.04 WHIP, .241 BAA)
Was shaky early in his last start, but settled down, which is a metaphor for his season. I expect big things from Slowey in the second half.
Glen Perkins (5-2, 4.27 ERA, 41K/17BB, 1.48 WHIP, .305 BAA)
Stepped in for Boof and made this one of the deepest rotations in the game.
Boof Bonser (3-6, 6.19 ERA, 60K/24BB, 1.50 WHIP, .287 BAA)
Looked like the real deal in '06, what happened?
Brian Bass (3-3, 4.58 ERA, 25K/18BB, 1SV/2H, 1.53 WHIP, .296 BAA)
Shouldn't have been out there in the 8th last night and probably shouldn't be put in tight spots period.
Craig Breslow (1.42 ERA, 19 IP, 13H, 3ER, 1H, .188 BAA)
Has 0.00 in 10 2/3 innings with Twins, looks to be another scrap-heap gem mined by the home team.
Dennys Reyes (2-0, 2.25 ERA, 9H, 1.17 WHIP, .247 BAA)
You can't argue with the numbers.
Matt Guerrier (4-3, 3.06 ERA, 11H, 1.34 WHIP, .236 BAA)
Has rebounded nicely from a slow start - would be a starter on many teams.
Jesse Crain (3-2, 2.75 ERA, 9H, 1.42 WHIP, .268 BAA)
Looks to have regained is old form after a shaky '07.
Joe Nathan (1.32 ERA, 25S/2BS, 40K/6BB, .90 WHIP, .205 BAA)
I was wrong; re-signing Nathan was absolutely the right thing to do.