I Hate The White Sox: 21-12

I think Kevin Slowey must be hurt. It’s the only explanation I can find for his continuous inability to get out of the 5th inning. Perhaps not hurt, but definitely suffering from a lack of range of motion in his wrist. Hopefully it is just something he needs to adjust to.

Stats!

Best hitter: Justin Morneau (+.089)

Worst hitter: Michael Cuddyer (-.224)

Best pitcher: Alex Burnett (+.068)

Worst pitcher: Kevin Slowey (-.287)

Most important play: Alex Ramirez double (-.242)

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  • jimbo92107

    Could be the cold weather, which can make old injuries ache more than usual. If Slowey’s wrist was hurting (but not dysfunctional), then it might have affected his delivery, subtracting from his velocity and movement. Slowey doesn’t have a big, powerful body like Liriano, so he needs his mechanics to work like a well-oiled sewing machine. Last night the sewing machine looked a little cranky. His fastball velocity was a few mph down, and the movement on his pitches looked below average. His command of the strike zone was below average, too, although he got lucky on some balls up in the zone early on. But in his disastrous 5th, it looked like Slowey was placing the ball on a tee right in the middle of the strike zone, and all Chicago’s hitters needed was to swing flat. To me it looked like Slowey started trying to place the ball, which means he wasn’t finishing his pitches, wasn’t getting the palm of his hand over the ball at the release point. Doing that tends to remove the snap and movement from pitches, and tends to leave them up in the zone.

    When he’s really on, Kevin Slowey is my favorite Twins starter to watch, but I’ve so far this season I’ve seen only occasional flashes of his really good stuff. Here’s hoping his Gregg Maddox impression gets better as the weather warms up.

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