Found September 15, 2012 on
Fox Sports North:
Occasionally, a young pitcher will be referred to as "effectively wild." On Saturday, Minnesota's Samuel Deduno was simply wildly erratic.
Deduno began the day owning the second-most wins (six) of any Twins starter. Yet, the right-hander rarely found the strike zone against the first-place White Sox in an eventual 5-3 Twins setback.
Deduno was all over the place early. His pitches were wildly high at times, as he threw over the heads of White Sox hitters such as Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios. The 29-year-old pitcher wasn't completely ineffective, but his six strikeouts were largely negated by a stat line that also included the following figures: four innings pitched, three hits, four earned runs and five walks allowed. "It's an uncomfortable at-bat," Beckham said afterward, in reference to facing Deduno. "My at-bat, I had two pitches go over my head. (But) he's got good stuff."
Deduno (6-4) rarely threw first-pitch strikes Saturday, and just40 of his86 total pitches found the strike zone as he struggled to find a consistent release point.
"Sammy just didn't have his stuff -- he could not find anything," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I think we all saw the ball was flying all over the place."
Saturday's loss could only be described as a step back for Deduno, who had entered the day 4-0 at Target Field this year. And that has to be an uncomfortable realization for the Twins, who may need the native of the Dominican Republic to fill a rotation spot in 2013.
Deduno, too, was visibly frustrated in the locker room afterward.
"Nothing (was) working today," he said. "I tried to be perfect, and nothing was working today. I tried to do too much."
Most Twins insiders agree that Deduno has intriguing stuff -- his fastball hit 95 mph on the radar gun Saturday -- but his inconsistency appears to be one reason he was limited to short stints with the Rockies and Padres earlier in his major league career. That trait reared its ugly head in the fourth inning Saturday, when he uncorked a wild pitch that allowed a key White Sox run to cross home plate.
"He couldn't maintain any kind of consistency with the strike zone," Gardenhire said of Deduno. "Not a good performance by him."
Oddly enough, Saturday's game also featured a former Twins pitcher who long baffled Minnesotans with his inconsistency: Francisco Liriano. Liriano (6-11), now toiling for Chicago, appeared to have it all figured out Saturday, as he held the Twins hitless through six innings and ended the day with nine strikeouts and just one hit allowed in seven innings of work.
Saturday's game seemed to suggest Liriano, 28, can still be an effective major league starter. The Twins have to hope they can eventually say the same about Deduno.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins sluggers Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham have combined to hit 53 home runs this season, so they know a thing or two about sending a baseball out of the park.
But on Sunday, both Twins players helped send another baseball further than any home run either of them has ever hit. Before Sunday's Twins game against the Chicago White Sox, a group of...
MINNEAPOLIS With two catchers ailing, the Minnesota Twins selected the contract of catcher Chris Herrmann prior to Friday's game. Herrmann spent the 2012 season with Double-A New Britain and hit .276 with 10 home runs and 61 RBI in 127 games for the Rock Cats. While he spent 83 games at catcher, Herrmann also played 27 games in left field for New Britain, one game at third base...
MINNEAPOLIS Despite beginning the year at Triple-A Rochester, Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond has pitched the most innings of any Twins pitcher this season. He lasted 5-13 innings Sunday against Chicago and has now pitched 153-23 innings for the Twins this season, more than he's pitched in a year at any point in his professional career.
Over his last several starts, it...
In our Hope for the Hopeless series, we take a look at all of the teams in the league that finished under .500, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2012 season.
The Twins are having a pretty bad 2012 season. But there are some things to positively look at if you're a Minnesota fan. Joe Mauer is still making a ton of money, but he&...
Pedro Florimon's work at shortstop late this season has the Minnesota Twins pondering a new position for Brian Dozier, who was the regular shortstop for 84 games as a rookie this year before being swapped out for Florimon in mid-August. "Florimon has kind of made the plays and shown some of the range that you really like from a shortstop, that Dozier didn't necessarily...
Who's up next in the End of Season Post-Mortem series? Minnesota Twins, come on down!
If you're new here (which about 90% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from the playoffs, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right...
SHADES OF MAYS
Video: Over the head basket catch
By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
The Minnesota Twins are expected to get catcher Joe Mauer back soon.
He could be back on Tuesday. He has been affected by back spasms.
Previously, Twin manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer would be available to play this afternoon, as he met with the media this morning. But then, later said Mauer would...
"He's a great communicator. He's up-front, he puts it out there -- what he thinks is best for the union -- and he's just a great leader."
"You're willing to trust his opinion and his leadership and his instincts. He's just a perfect union boss, I think."
-Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins, via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.
It’s the weekend! (for most of you)
I would like a video game where players can accidentally be launched into space.
The NFL is pretty much just trolling.
Hey, at least there will be college hockey this season on national TV! Right?
Minnesota 4, Kansas City 3 – The Twins prevent the sweep with a game winning double from Denard Span
Green Bay 23, Chicago 10...