Let’s see how can we pinpoint exactly how spectacular Andrew Albers’ major-league debut was? There’s the number of runs allowed: 0 in 8⅓ innings the longest outing by a Twins pitcher this year. There’s the hits allowed: four all of them harmless singles. There’s the batters allowed to reach second base: only one on Albers’ last pitch of the night.
But Chris Herrmann who caught Albers’ 109 “invisible” pitches during his bravura 7-0 domination of the Royals on Tuesday offered the best gauge of Albers’ mastery: F-bombs.
“They were cursing a lot. They were getting mad” Herrmann said of the Royals’ red-hot lineup. “I was smiling back there. I was laughing just watching the way they were getting so frustrated.”
That’s because Albers the first major leaguer from Saskatchewan since Terry Puhl retired in 1991 throws fastballs that aren’t particularly fast changeups that sort of chug along and a cutter that does nothing but break four inches as it reaches the plate. He threw one o