Five Aces? Not So Much
In light of the Twins’ recent struggles, I wanted to comment on one of the reasons WHY I feel we are sitting in the basement of the AL Central right now:
Just think back about 3-4 years, after we traded Johan Santana. Likely one of the reasons we let Johan walk was because we thought we had a five-pitcher nucleus that would last for many years at a relatively low cost.
Well, you know what they say about “best laid plans”…
Nick Blackburn: Maddeningly inconsistent, including various nagging injuries. Typical sinkerballer…either boom or bust on any given day.
Kevin Slowey: Almost chronically injured at this point.
Francisco Liriano: Was supposed to be the ace of the staff, but post-TJ (except for parts of 2010) has been a mess. No consistent delivery, no control, seemingly lax attitude.
Scott Baker: The biggest disappointment of the bunch. Has not improved one iota since the day he arrived in a Twins uniform.
Glen Perkins: Bad-mouthed the Twins organization, served his minor league “sentence”; has been decent of late as a reliever.
At one point, all five of those guys showed tremendous promise. Sadly, they have each fizzled for different reasons, leaving the Twins somewhat pitching-poor when they thought they would be solid in the next decade.