Found July 20, 2013 on The Rhino and Compass:
PLAYERS: PJ Walters
TEAMS: Minnesota Twins
Going into this season, one of the things I told anyone who was interested was that the Twins were bound to be better, because there was no way that their pitching could be as historically bad as it was last year. I mean, last year saw Sam Deduno and PJ Walters get a significant number of starts! Now, however, the Twins find themselves cruising for another dismal record, on pace for only 69 or 70 wins. That’s a slight improvement! The real question, then, involves the pitching staff. Have they improved at all? Yes! Slightly! Let’s take a look at some stats from last year compared to this joyride of a season. ERA: 2012: 4.77. 2013: 4.41. – Nice! Sam Deduno is better than he was last year in this category, and the bullpen in general is significantly improved. K/9: 2012 5.9. 2013: 6.0 – Whoa! Easy there Twins pitchers! Don’t throw out your shoulders! BB/9: 2012: 2.9. 2013: 2.9 – Um. All right. HR/9 2012: 1.2, 2013: 1.0 – I think this is the big, significant difference between this year and last. It might be because of how cold the beginning f the year was, but maybe the pitching is slightly better. Regardless, the lower home run rate is pretty much the primary reason there has been any overall improvement in the Twins hurlers’ fortunes this year. (IMO, it’s totally the early season cold weather helping to drive down the HR rate).
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Let’s look at the market for Justin Morneau

The Twins aren’t going to the post season again this year. The Twins have been open about their intent to move fixture Justin Morneau. Angry fans are ready to seem him traded, because it’s going to “free up payroll” or something. Morneau is a popular player that will be tough to let go. With the attention to the farm system that the internet has allowed, there will be extra...

Twins' Justin Morneau not concerned about trade

MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau knew the questions would be asked. His name has been flying amid trade rumors as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaches. Sitting at fourth place in the division, the Minnesota Twins will almost assuredly be sellers, not buyers, by the end of the month. Perhaps the most valuable trade chip is Morneau, who leads the team in RBI with...

Colabello joins Twins after Triple-A All-Star game

The Minnesota Twins have recalled first baseman Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester, the last of three replacements in an All-Star break roster shake-up. Colabello joined the team for Thursday's game against Cleveland. The Twins announced before the break they were bringing up catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann and infielder Doug Bernier, but they waited until after Colabello...

Twins Sunday: Brian Dozier saves Minnesota from shutout

MINNEAPOLIS -- When he stepped into the batter's box to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday, Brian Dozier's sole intention wasn't necessarily to spoil Justin Masterson's no-hit bid. Merely reaching base would've been a coup with the stuff the Indians' All-Star right-hander brought with him to Minneapolis to start the season's second half...

Twins look to match longest win streak of year

Though the Minnesota Twins have won four straight, they've dropped four starts in a row by Scott Diamond. Diamond, however, owns a lower career ERA against the Cleveland Indians than any opponent he has faced more than once as he heads into Sunday's home matchup. Minnesota (41-53) can match its longest win streak of the year after a pair of 3-2 victories to start this set...

Twins' Glen Perkins proves his worth in win over Indians

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins closer Glen Perkins didn't get to pitch in his first All-Star Game. He got as close as warming up in the bullpen in the ninth inning Tuesday, but never saw the field. Friday's game against Cleveland might not have been of the same magnitude, but Perkins got his chance to pitch and was pivotal in Minnesota's 3-2 win over the Indians. The Twins'...

Trevor Plouffe, Joe Mauer look to get Twins back on track

Joe Blanton hasn't been shy about his struggles this season, and his explosion in the dugout after his latest dismal performance proved he won't be able to endure many more. He takes the mound again Monday night as the Los Angeles Angels look to win a sixth straight home meeting with the Minnesota Twins. Blanton signed a two-year, 15 million deal in the offseason and was...

Infielder Doug Bernier grateful for another chance at majors

MINNEAPOLIS -- Doug Bernier started to have his doubts. He had a brief taste of the major leagues, but it started looking like he may never get back there again. It's been five years, almost exactly to the day, since Bernier had his first cup of coffee in the major leagues. The utility infielder debuted with the Colorado Rockies for two games in mid-July in 2008. His first action...

Mauer's single after error helps Twins top Indians

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over Cleveland on Friday, after an error by Indians first baseman Nick Swisher set up the winning run. Four Twins relievers struck out six over 3 1-3 hitless innings, including Casey Fien (2-2) in the eighth and All-Star Glen Perkins in the ninth for his 22nd save...

Correia goes six innings as Twins beat Indians 3-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --Kevin Correia threw six sharp innings for his first win in a month, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each had two hits and a walk, and Minnesota beat Cleveland 3-2 on Saturday night for its fourth-straight win. Correia (7-6) allowed only three hits -- one of them a two-run homer by Jason Kipnis -- with one walk and three strikeouts. The Indians entered the day 1 games...

Indians call on Masterson to try to avoid sweep

Though the Minnesota Twins have won four straight, they've dropped four starts in a row by Scott Diamond. Diamond, however, owns a lower career ERA against the Cleveland Indians than any opponent he has faced more than once as he heads into Sunday's home matchup. Minnesota (41-53) can match its longest win streak of the year after a pair of 3-2 victories to start this set...

Links of the Day 7/20/13

Happy weekend. I know I’m happy to have finally made it. “Unabated mascot activities” Glen Perkins got the save last night, I assume because the Indians were distracted. Another Big Lead link, but Nate Silver is going to ESPN. CALENDAR MLB Atlanta 6, Chicago 4 – This guy just got under the wire before thunderstorms got into town. Too bad for Chicago. Minnesota 3, Cleveland...
Twins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.