'Carl Pavano is not the answer to the Twins making the playoffs.'
The Twins will not make the playoffs this year...and they wouldn't even if there were four more wild card teams.
So, who cares? I have posted this before. This is a year the Twins need to work on improving the team for the future...fix the team.
Liriano...doesn't look like he is working out.Baker will be gone because of his surgery.Blackburn continues to have injury issues.Marquis isn't a long term answer.Pavano is a consistent pitcher and in most cases you can count on that he'll keep the team in the game.
So you need to start fixing the team by removing the weakest link and replacing it with a player that isn't just a little better, but ends up higher on the chain. This keeps being repeated until you have built a strong team. Pavano isn't the weakest link...
The problem is the Twins don't have that approach...that's one reason they end up with the same type of players and they don't go far in the playoffs.
Wouldn't disagree with any of those assessments, other than to be MORE adamant.
Liriano has become a joke and needs to be let go. Take your monetary lumps, but send a message that this team is done with "experimental" basket cases.
Same should be true for Capps. Those that bought into his wanting to show the fans he was weak last season because of 'nagging' injuries he didn't want us to know about, are equally gullible about how great a hitter we have in Mauer.
No less an authority than TK applauded his laying off that high inside pitch that should have been hit for at least a fly ball that would have plated Carroll. HEY...if everyone connected to the organization has stars in their eyes about how magnificent Mr. Mauer swings the bat, how the hayel is he ever going to become someone that can be depended on as the 'franchise' he's supposed to be.
Many others are starting to see the weakness in having a hitting coach that's obviously afraid of the "star power" members on the team, and couldn't offer any corrections even when a simple fan with a modicum of knowledge watching on TV can point out what should be done differently.
Baker will return and go through a season like many of the others have after extreme injury, and will eventually be let go or traded. How we can expect him to suddenly become something he never was?
Marquis was never going to be a frontliner. He was a loser back when he was with Atlanta, and even the outstanding pitching coach of the Cards, who made a contender out of Lohse, was unable to salvage him. Only the Twins would think he could be resurrected.
Blackburn and Pavano, by any measurement are at best #4's with the majority of teams. Only on the Twins, could either one be considered #1. They both need lots of runs behind their efforts, and both deserve to be handed a win when they turn over a lead to the closer.