Found July 13, 2012 on The Baseball Page:
The Minnesota Twins have sent a bevy of pitchers to the mound thus far this summer.  As a matter of fact, they have sent a Major League high 11 different starting pitchers to toe the rubber this season alone, and seven different pitchers over the past seven games.  This means one thing and one thing only: The Twins' pitching is inconsistent. The Twins' pitching has the worst earned run average in the American League (4.86) worst batting average against in the AL (.281), and have given up the second most home runs in the AL (110).  It's hard to win games when you give up that many runs and hits. The Twins' starting pitching has been a complete mystery and that all starts with the enigmatic pitcher Francisco Liriano.  You never know which Liriano will come out to pitch as he started the season incredibly poor holding a 9.45 ERA after his last start on May 7 before heading to the bullpen.  Now, he is lighting it up as he went 1-2 with a 2.87 ERA in Ju...
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