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Minnesota Twins: Monday Mailbox

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How many games has Chris Herrmann started this season? The answer is seven. Before yesterday, the last game Herrmann started was on May 6th. How much playing time would Josmil Pinto be getting backing up the iron man, Kurt Suzuki? Pinto being in the minors has more to do with him gaining experience and getting at bats, than Herrmann being a better a better option. They could have Pinto be the backup, but he’d be playing once every week.

Barring an injury to one of the starters, I don’t see a move coming anytime soon. Jose Berrios has been lights out for the Twins in Double-A. Alex Meyer has struggled with command and confidence issues in Triple-A. If a pitcher is going to get called up, I think it will be Tommy Milone. Milone started the season in the Twins rotation, before getting optioned to Triple-A.

Tough question. Most consistent has been Kyle Gibson. At one point he hadn’t given up a run in 20 innings. While his outing yesterday wasn’t great, he still has an earned run average under three and has only given up four earned runs in his last four starts.

The least consistent has been Trevor May. He has only pitched six or more innings twice and he needs to be more efficient on the mound. However, Ricky Nolasco has only made four starts. Come back to me with this question in two weeks and Nolasco will probably be my answer.

The Twins will cross that bridge when the time comes. Sano had a great week, but we likely won’t see him with the Twins until September when the roster expands. When that time does come, my money is on Trevor Plouffe moving from third base to left field to make room for the power hitting third baseman.  Or, the Twins could use Sano as their primary designated hitter. Sano has already committed ten errors at third base this season in Double-A.

Thanks for reading this week’s version of “Monday Mailbag” and have a great Monday.

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