Twins staff in "Young Guns III"
The Twins have used 11 starting pitchers this season; their most since employing a dozen back in 1997. At the onset of this curious campaign that finds the Boys at 69-68, the club sported the American League's third-youngest staff considering median age. Despite the soupcon of experience, and the early-August acquisition of vet Carl Pavano: these boys truly remain our Young Guns.
Further evidence of their youth - and their unique place in Twins history - could long be found in the fact that this is the first Minnesota staff since 1990 that sported none of the following: a previous 20-game winner, a Cy Young winner, or a World Series champion/MVP. Pavano won a ring with Florida back in '03.
As a means of charting said newfound rarity throughout this 2009 season, herein is the third installment of some Central casting, whereupon each staff member has been linked with the hierarchy posed by the cast of the film that, at least in name, mirrors the boys' presentation. That film is "Young Guns." (To see the April 15th ranking, please click here; to see the June 11th ranking, please click here):
Carl Pavano: In 2009, Pavano has accrued his most seasonal innings pitched since 2004.
Jeff Manship: A la Duensing, a mid-20's rookie who didn't offer much pen help, but has looked sharper in a starter's spikes. Manship limited the Chi Sox to a run in 5 innings back on 9/1 before giving up 3 earned in 4.1 in yesterday's win over Toronto.
Shot Down (Blaze of Glory in question):
Armando Gabino, Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins, Kevin Slowey, Anthony Swarzak
Slowey is done for the season with a bum wrist after going 10-3 with a 4.36; Perkins was optioned to Rochester post-D.L. and may file a grievance with the club regarding MLB service time ; Liriano and Gabino may see bullpen opportunity in the next month; Swarzak looked impressive early before coming to earth and getting rolled in August - he'll no doubt be around for future starts in seasons to come.