Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pulling Slowey and other poll stuff

Kevin Slowey missed a start with elbow tendinitis. His strike-to-ball ratio Sunday wasn't its usual 2-1; it was more like 3-2. He wasn't getting ahead of hitters in his usual fashion.

And yet he had a no-hitter after seven innings.

I saw little of Slowey's outing (listened on the radio while doing yardwork), but I came in to see him pitch the seventh. I saw a pitcher laboring.

This is not an easy call for a manager. Ron Gardenhire opted to pull Slowey after 106 pitches, and as much as I would love to see Slowey get a no-hitter, I think it was the right call.

Heck, when even Bert "pitch until your arm falls off" Blyleven doesn't argue with the decision to pull a pitcher, it's probably pretty obvious.

What do YOU think? That's this week's poll question.


Last week's poll concerned second base in 2011. We had 40 votes.

Nineteen (47 percent) want Alexi Casilla to get the first crack at the job. Thirteen (33 percent) want Orlando Hudson re-signed. Eight (20 percent) want a third option.

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