- Eats innings – tonight (4 innings pitched)
- will carry the young pitchers late in the season (4 innings, 5 runs)
- provides leadership – really? and did I mention 4 innings, 5 runs, 9 hits, 2 walks?
- will provide quality, important innings late in the season, against top competition – 4 innings, 5 runs, 9 hits, 2 walks…
Seriously, doesn’t actually pitching and productivity mean something? Livan is untradable, but it is hard to see him pitching every five days too!
Paul Byrd is supposedly going to be traded before the deadline, could the Twins get anything for Livan? You know, I try to understand the Twins thinking on any decision and certainly there are relatively adequate reasons for keeping Livan in the rotation. But how much is too much? If he isn’t traded tomorrow before the deadline, would he clear waivers if the Twins put him out there on Friday? Would anyone dare claim him?
For any faults Francisco Liriano has yet at this point, if he was just a normal prospect, in other words hadn’t done what he did in 2006, what would this discussion be? Put another way, if Kevin Mulvey was putting up equivalent numbers to Liriano in Rochester, would we be clamoring as loudly for him to be brought up?
I got to my hotel room in Orlando, turned on the TV, took about a minute to find the ESPN channel, and when I got there, Steve Phillips was saying that the Twins simply need to rid themselves of Livan and bring up Liriano. It is so incredibly easy to see from the outside. Maybe it isn’t as clear from inside.
My honest opinion, however, is that this Liriano situation will be made clear by the middle of this afternoon. The Twins will do something, whether it is making a trade or putting someone on waivers. Call it a feeling, but I can’t believe that they would let this situation continue.
Any other thoughts or observations? Since I was on a plane, or in a taxi, or waiting at baggage claim, while the game was going on, I really know nothing, so please point out anything you saw or heard here.
By the way, I haven’t looked at the box scores yet, but someone close to the Twins told me that there was a Henry Sanchez sighting tonight. Yes, Henry Sanchez was in a lineup! Good for him. I hope he can make it through the rest of the season healthy. It’s easy to call him a bust, but it has been due to injury really. Yes, he’s got the size/weight issues, but if healthy, we don’t know that would have still been the case. On a similar note, I was told that Paul Kelly’s hamstring injury would have him about a week to ten days… that was probably a month or more ago.