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Goodbye Craig Breslow

The Twins cut Craig Breslow today (he was claimed by Oakland), and promoted righthander Anthony SwarzakSwarzak will start on Saturday against the Brewers in place of the injured Perkins.  Speaking of Perkins, it sounds like nothing is seriously wrong and he should be good to go when his 15 days are up.  The only problem I have with this is as follows: Does that mean his inability to get guys out the last few starts was due to general suckiness and not an injury?

I like the Breslow move.  The current bullpen clearly wasn’t working so changes had to be made.  It looks like someone did go to jail, or in this case Oakland.  Which is basically the same thing.

Thats all for today.  Liriano goes tonight looking to snap the five game losing streak we are currently on.  Is anyone else’s mouth drooling at the thought of playing the delicious NL soon?


5 Comments so far

  1. sirsean May 20th, 2009 1:12 pm

    I am not disappointed to see Breslow go. We got him from Cleveland off waivers last year after he sucked for the Indians, and he did okay for us.

    He sucked even worse for us this year; he’ll probably do okay for Oakland for the rest of the year. I still wouldn’t be disappointed in that.

    Maybe Breslow is a guy who just needs to pitch for a team he didn’t spend the winter with. Kind of a strange eccentricity.

  2. MarkW May 20th, 2009 2:26 pm

    I know we do well against the NL usually, and have killed them the last few years, however, we face the Brewers (6 games) .641 Win%, the Cubs .568 Win%, and the Cardinals (Albert Pujols) .564 Win%… and they can all rake, so our pitching needs to be spot on… Houston and Pittsburgh even sport .459 and .462 Win%, both better than the Twins right now… I think this go around with the NL could prove a tad more difficult (I’ll be in Chicago to witness the Cubs/Twins series first hand)

    As for Breslow leaving, good job Twins, it’s time for crap to start happening, letting the other players know you need to perform when called upon… Time for Ayala to bounce next and bring up Slama!!

  3. sirsean May 20th, 2009 2:27 pm

    Yeah I’m not as exuberant about our chances against the NL as FunBobby is; in fact I’m worried that we’ll be facing some good teams when we’re not playing well.

    But we’ll see what happens, and hopefully we can go 16-2 again and get our season back on track.

  4. MarkW May 20th, 2009 2:31 pm

    Exactly, if we are playing like we are now when we got to Chicago or St. Louis or Milwaukee, they’ll hit us out of the ballpark in a heartbeat… We’d be at the basement of the NL Central right now, so I dont think they are as weak as in years past. We also have to get by the Brewers this weekend, face the Red Sox and Rays before the month is even over… ugh.

  5. sirsean May 20th, 2009 2:34 pm

    Without a doubt, we need to start playing better.

    But given how badly so many of our players are doing, I don’t think it’s that unreasonable to expect them to start regressing more towards what they’ve shown themselves capable of.

    We just need it to happen soon, given that we’re in a tough stretch here and are in danger of playing ourselves out of the race.

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