Duensing puts Twins into early hole as struggles continue for starters

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2012 - 10:09 AM

He put the Twins in an early 4-0 hole as his overall record fell to 2-8.

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fdrebinAug. 14, 1210:13 PM

This is a bad team, Mr Pohlad. you tricked the legislature into building a stadium, and this is all we get?

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DavidTengbomAug. 14, 1210:24 PM

Deunsing should never start another game for the twins!!! He is terrible as a starter and should be put back in the bullpen as a left-handed specialist. Also, are the twins moving from ESPN to FM because the Pohlads are cheap? They won't sign any good starting pitchers, so we are left with terrible team!

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razzlerAug. 14, 1210:46 PM

a manager's decision to either leave a pitcher in a game or take him out can be done well--with good timing, instincts, advice and knowledge--or it can be done poorly. and when it is done poorly, it deserves to be criticized....

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ellinalAug. 14, 1210:49 PM

And yet another underwhelming night from the $37M duo known as the Twins M & M boys. Just think, other teams get run production from their big money players.

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jimmy68Aug. 14, 1211:25 PM

seriously enought with trying to make duensing a starter! and there was no point in sending dozier down for three weeks...this team is so messed up!

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njc264isbackAug. 14, 1211:33 PM

I said it in JoeC's blog entry today, Duensing is a square peg, and the Twins are attempting to ram him into the round hole that is the starting rotation. #It's NOT happening.

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BallFourAug. 15, 1212:17 AM

razzler: a manager's decision to either leave a pitcher in a game or take him out can be done well--with good timing, instincts, advice and knowledge--or it can be done poorly. and when it is done poorly, it deserves to be criticized....BALLFOUR: You saying that Duensing should have been gone earlier? If so, that doesn't deserve criticism. In MLB, pitchers who give up a bunch in the early going don't get yanked often. Managers have to manage for more than today. Tonight, the Tigers scored in the first on a two-out single. Duensing got both Cabrera and Fielder. Whiffed Cabrera. Second inning, Mastroianni gambles and loses. Run-scoring triple with one out. Then a double. Tigers don't score again until the sixth. Duensing threw 38 pitches in those two innings. That's about four more an inning than you hope for. So he's down, but he's not getting hammered. Most people who follow the Twins don't follow baseball, so they think that's how Gardenhire manages. Let's check in at Anahiem tonight, where the Indians were down 4-0 after 1. Not after 2, after 1. Ubaldo Jimenez faces 10 batters in the first. Double, single, walk, single, single, out, HBP, out, single, out. Jimenez wasn't pulled. In Colorado, the ROckies, score four in the first. Double. HBP. sac bunt, single, double, single, DP. Wolf wasn't pulled. Night before. Rockies score three in the first and one in the second. Fiers finished the second, pulled after 48 pitches and didn't go out for the third. Sunday, Boston scores five in the first two. Indians finally pull Kluber in the fourth after a sixth ER. Sunday in Pittsburgh. San Diego scores five in the first two. Bedard isn't pulled. Goes five. If you're saying that Duensing should have been gone earlier, well, that's not how managers manage.

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myblunderAug. 15, 1212:28 AM

Watch, this joke of an organization will just keep throwing the same so-called starting pitchers out every five days.

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myblunderAug. 15, 1212:31 AM

One more thing: has the propaganda machine aka FSN suspended Bert yet for taking a shot at Nishioka? FSN sure has a low tolerance for the truth.

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lindy_frank123Aug. 15, 1212:31 AM

@ballfour...i agree with you about getting down early and sticking with a pitcher who isn't getting hammered/but if his pitches early to both sides of the plate are up and in the strike zone, he will be getting hammered and he's likely not going to "pitch through that"...Duensing is not getting right handed batters out on a consistant basis and those are the ones that caused the early damage...so you can discount that a little...but regardless of pitch counts, if any pitchers pitches are up and in the hitter's zone...I say yank him or atleast start warming someone up..

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