Originally written August 21, 2012 on MyTeamRivals.com:
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Minnesota Twins’ starting pitcher Nick Blackburn will be making his second trip down to Triple-A Rochester after struggling yet again at the Major League level.  Blackburn has not won a start since being sent down to the minors and boasts a record of 0-4 in six starts since then. Blackburn is an awful pitcher.  Yes, that is awfully blunt and not the nicest thing to say, but it is absolutely true.  Blackburn is 4-9 with a 7.39 ERA in 19 starts this season.  There is no pitcher with as many starts as Blackburn with an ERA even close to his.  Blackburn has also given up 23 home runs, which is tied for ninth most in the Majors and he has pitched less than the other guys ahead of him.  That is absolutely awful, especially for a guy who is supposed to be a ground ball pitcher. It is amazing that he still has a job at the Major League level.  He has never pitched well and has gotten hit hard often.  His batting average against this year is .340, and the last two years it was just over .300...
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