Saturday, August 18, 2012

Late night: Seattle 5, Twins 3

Shortstop Pedro Florimon went hitless in his first
game with the Twins, but he turned in some
nice defensive plays, including this catch in
the seventh inning.
Game story here

Box score here

Another brutal start from Nick Blackburn on Friday night: 5.1 innings, 11 hits (four for extra bases), five runs, one strikeout. Seattle's slugging percentage for the game off Blackburn: .703.

His ERA for the season is 7.39. One has to wonder how much longer this can go on.

My guess: Until September, when the rosters expand —and the likes of Liam Hendriks and P.J. Walters will be available to fill a rotation spot. At that point, if Blackburn hasn't shown signs of turning this around, it will be easy for Ron Gardenhire to push him aside for the rest of the year and look at other candidates for the 2013 rotation.

The thing is, Blackburn is certainly a candidate for the 2013 rotation — if only because he's going to be paid $5.5 million next season no matter what he does. The Twins would love to see him earn the money. I'm sure he would love to earn it too.

It just appears increasingly unlikely.

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