Minnesota Twins: Chopped Down by the Braves

Unlike the 1991 World Series, the pair of home games the Minnesota Twins had against the Atlanta Braves did not go their way.

In a short two-game series with the Braves, the Minnesota Twins pitching and hitting could not get in sync as one would perform when the other one wasn’t allowing the Braves to win both games.

On Tuesday, Ervin Santana pitched a complete game and allowed seven hits and two earned runs while striking out five.

It wasn’t enough, however as he was the tough-luck loser, 2-0.

On the next night Tyler Duffey continued to struggle, going just 1 1/3 innings allowing eight hits and five runs.

Duffey’s ERA on the season is now 6.12 and the possibility of bringing Jose Berrios back to the bigs is looking more and more appetizing.

The Twins fought back valiantly with a home run off the bat of Kurt Suzuki highlighting the night, however they still were on the wrong side of a 9-7 loss.

Atlanta Braves
2
Minnesota Twins
0
Atlanta Braves
9
Minnesota Twins
7

With the recent news of Rob Antony saying there is no pressure and no real desire to move Santana at the deadline; it’s a positive sight to see the righty continuing to perform well.

Regardless of it the news of the team’s reluctance to move Santana is a ploy or not, if he continues to pitch like this, it will be increasingly difficult to decide whether to move him or not.

His past few starts have just been brilliant and unfortunately he did not receive the type of run support one would expect after going the distance and allowing just two runs.

Duffey on the other hand needs to start gaining confidence otherwise he might find himself sent back to Rochester.

After such a promising 2015 season, it’s been disappointing to see his struggles during Spring Training translate into an equally rough regular season for the Minnesota Twins.

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STARTING PITCHING

Ervin Santana

B-

Ervin Santana: 9 IP, 7 Hits, 0 Walks, 5 Strikeouts, 2 Earned Runs

Tyler Duffey: 1 1/3 IP, 8 Hits, 1 Walk, 0 Strikeouts, 5 Earned Runs

It was definitely a tale of two different games as Santana looked in control on Tuesday while Duffey looked lost.

With the recent news of Rob Antony saying there is no pressure and no real desire to move Santana at the deadline; it’s a positive sight to see the righty continuing to perform well.

Regardless of it the news of the team’s reluctance to move Santana is a ploy or not, if he continues to pitch like this, it will be increasingly difficult to decide whether to move him or not.

His past few starts have just been brilliant and unfortunately he did not receive the type of run support one would expect after going the distance and allowing just two runs.

Duffey on the other hand needs to start gaining confidence otherwise he might find himself sent back to Rochester.

After such a promising 2015 season, it’s been disappointing to see his struggles during Spring Training translate into an equally rough regular season for the Minnesota Twins.