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July 7, 2004

Twins news

Since Kenny Williams of the White Sox made his move and traded for Freddy Garcia, the baseball world has been waiting for Terry Ryan to make a deal for a pitcher for the Twins. Well, the Toronto Sun is reporting that Terry has his eye on at least two pitchers:

The Minnesota Twins, who led the American League Central Division heading into last night, are looking to counter the Chicago White Sox adding right-hander Freddie Garcia from the Seattle Mariners by obtaining a starter of their own. Their first choice is Kris Benson of the Pittsburgh Pirates and their second choice is Jays right-hander Miguel Batista.

Here is the line on Kris Benson:

YEAR G GS CG IP H R HR BB SO K/9 W L Sv P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
2004 16 16 0 103.0 112 60 7 39 67 5.85 6 7 0 104.8 1.47 .281 4.63

Apparently he has a 95 MPH fastball, a changeup, curve, and slider, and when he is on he is very, very good. But he has yet to show any real consistency. Sounds like the perfect guy for the Twins! Get him for a bargain and give him some confidence (and put him on a winner) and we may have another Silva on our hands, or better. That 4.63 ERA is a little high, but he doesn't give up many homeruns, which is very nice.

Let's take a look at the second pitcher the Twins have in mind (and the reason the Toronto Sun is the source of this rumor) Miguel Batista:

YEAR G GS CG IP H R HR BB SO K/9 W L Sv P/GS WHIP BAA ERA
2004 18 18 2 117.0 104 51 9 56 71 5.46 8 5 0 102.9 1.37 .245 3.85

The story on Batista is that he is a groundball pitcher. Again, not many homeruns. He has a decent fastball (faster than Radke's at least), a slider, curve, and split-finger. Personally I'd be surprised to see the Blue Jays give him up since he solidifies an already pretty good pitching staff, but the Jays are 14 games behind. Even the Devil Rays have passed them by. Once that happens I think teams in the East must pretty much decide to pack it in.

So, Kris Benson may be the Twins top choice for a fifth starter. Terry Mulholland is not the answer, we all know that.

Who said the Greet Machine never gives you any statistics?

Posted by snackeru at July 7, 2004 10:01 PM | Twins

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