|I don't know if Scott Diamond is superstitious,|
but the Twins seem to wear the "m" caps
when he starts.
He won, but he's been better.
And that was to be expected. He hadn't pitched since July 5. The Twins used the four-day All-Star break to reshuffle the rotation and essentially skip a start for him, out of concern that the innings were adding up too rapidly.
I understand that; I don't think that pushing his innings from last year's 162 (majors and minors) to more than 200 this year is healthy. (He's pushing 120 now, with two and a half months to go.)
But there's also something to be said for keeping him in rhythm, and 10 days off is probably disruptive.
The Twins did something like this once before, in 2009 with Nick Blackburn. On July 10 that season, Blackburn beat the White Sox, raising his record to 8-4 with a 3.06 ERA. He didn't pitch again until July 20, when he gave up 13 hits and seven runs in five innings in a memorable loss.
It took a long time for him to get it back together that year, although he did finish the season with three quality starts. (Blackburn ended the season 11-11, 4.03, and led the league in hits allowed; he hasn't been nearly that good since.) I hope it doesn't take that long for Diamond to snap back into his groove.