Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Francisco Liriano is human after all

Technically, it was a quality start. 6 innings, 3 ER. That's not a bad outing by any means. The significant part is that that was his worst start of the year. Not too shabby.

In his rematch with Felix Hernandez, Felix and the Mariners pulled out a 4-2 victory on Tuesday. As mentioned, Liriano pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 runs, striking out 3 and walking 2. But hey, if that's your worst start to date, that's not too shabby.

Unfortunately, Twins hitters not named Joe Mauer or Jason Kubel didn't help him out much. Mauer was 4/4, while Kubel was 3/5. As Nick mentions, Mauer now leads the Majors with his .368 batting average. (and as Bat-Girl says, vote for Joe, the best catcher in the AL. Besides, we don't want something like this do we?).

Maybe with games like this, Gardenhire will actually leave Kubel in the lineup everyday. With the Twins not really gaining any ground, there's no sense in starting Lew Ford or Shannon Stewart over Kubel, unless you want to showcase Stewart for a trade.

Anyway, as you may know, the first part of the draft took place Tuesday, with the Twins taking high schooler Chris Parmalee. For more in depth draft coverage, go here or here for the good stuff. For a look at the Farm System, Seth posted his May Minor League report, which is full of lots and lots of great info.

Boof on the mound tomorrow to face Jamie Moyer on the M's. I don't suppose a couple of runs is too much to ask for, is it?