Jim Souhan: Swarzak should get consideration to replace Liriano in rotation

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2009 - 11:41 PM

If Anthony Swarzak and Francisco Liriano keep pitching the way they have of late, the rookie should remain in the rotation while the slumping lefthander moves to the bullpen.

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dbitzMay. 28, 09 9:35 PM

Souhan nailed this one. Excellent analysis. Lariano better be happy with the bullpen, cause he's a hair away from AAA.

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enreilMay. 28, 09 9:51 PM

Interesting - this would address some pressing issues.

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dmulville72May. 28, 0910:11 PM

This would address the most pressing issues....lets hope the twins give it a try!

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brandall75May. 28, 0910:17 PM

I believe if they try to send him back to AAA we could lose him on the waiver wire.

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glenbcMay. 28, 0910:26 PM

yeah, the twins always have help within their organization. if liriano can go a few innings a day they should consider the bullpen until he's back to his old form, otherwise send him down. they should consider moving a starter to the bullpen either way.

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union1mcMay. 28, 0910:31 PM

Perkins has looked just as bad as Liriano has, allowing 4 or more ER in each of his last 5 games. Hell, Liriano has had more quality starts than Perkins. Swarzak has looked great, but he needs to throw more then 2 good games before you start talking about him as the savior to our problems.

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mgcolinMay. 28, 0910:43 PM

Don't know WHAT is wrong with Liriano, but he is a liability, a guaranteed loss when he pitches. Get rid of him now, he'll probably win 20 games for someone else next yar ala Lohse, but he has to go right now.

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PooOnUMay. 28, 0910:46 PM

The young man pitched well in his first two games. But we should wait for his next two starts in the rotation before passing a verdict.

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johnnyonspotMay. 28, 0910:49 PM

Duh! is all I can say about this piece. I and others have already suggested this move, immediately after his first start last weekend. Seems to me its a no brainer, assuming Swarzak continues to do reasonably well. He is clearly better than Liriano as a starter at this point. Maybe Franchise will read this and it will light a fire under his arse. I doubt it, but who knows?

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manolive72May. 28, 0910:50 PM

While Swarzak has been impressive, part of the reason is that he's new, and opposing teams aren't familiar with him. Let him face the same teams a few times and then make a decision. By all means, start him now. If he continues to pitch well, keep him in there. In fact, whoever is underperforming should take a seat. Dump Delmon and bench Punto. Neither one can hit worth a lick, and we can't afford to keep running them out there. I know most fans don't like to read that, but let's face reality. The weak links have to go.

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