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Offense Carrying Twins, For a Change


When you think of the Minnesota Twins, pitching and defense are normally the first things that come to mind. Coming into this season, the Twins were sure that they had two very good starters- Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano.

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But Baker is 2-6 with a 6.36 Earned Run Average, while Liriano is 2-7 with a 6.60 Earned Run Average, respectively. The other starters, Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey, and Glen Perkins have done as much as was expected of them, with an unexpected spark coming from Anthony Swarzak in the recent weeks. And the bullpen, well, is terrible.

But the Twins have been able to stay afloat, riding the play of one of the best three-man tandems in the league. Not many know how good these three have been outside of Minnesota, but Joe Mauer, (.414 batting average, 11 home runs) Justin Morneau, (.344, 14 home runs) and Jason Kubel (.323, 5 home runs) have been carrying the offense this season.

Combine those three with the gutsy play of Joe Crede, the continuing comeback of Michael Cuddyer, and the speedsters Carlos Gomez and Denard Span, and the Twins have a very dangerous offense.

Now, about that pitching…



By Matt Baxendell
MLBcenter.com Guest Writer

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