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7/2/10

Pat Neshek, the forgotten man in the Twins organization

Exactly three months ago, I made the case that Pat Neshek should be the Twins' closer, in the absence of Joe Nathan. Unfortunately, these days he seems to be the forgotten man in the Twins organization by the fans, by the media and, unfortunately by the team.

Calls for improvement of the bullpen, either focus on acquiring second class outsize talent (Aardsma) or promoting one of the "Rochester studs", referring to Slama and Waldrop. I think that the solution is much easier: Promote Pat Neshek.

Pat played in 8 games already in Rochester and other than a single unfortunate outing when he was used in back to back games, he has been lights out. Here are his numbers compared to those of Slama and Waldrop, if you exclude that single outing:



There is no comparison. Pat has been twice as effective as Anthony Slama and is way ahead of Kyle Waldrop. Also he is on the 40-man roster.

I had the opportunity to watch Pat pitch against the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (on the TV) a few days ago on June 29th. He pitched 2/3 of an inning and retired both batters he faced, striking out one of them. His velocity is back (the stadium radar was indicating between 88 and 91 fastball) and more importantly his movement, control and command are back. He needs to be in the bigs. The Twins need him in Minessota, instead of Ron Mahay, who has been an one batter pitcher and taking a spot from better players.

Is this another case of cutting your nose to spite your face situation, that Ron Gardenhire is so used to? If you remember, Pat was misdiagnosed earlier this year with a finger ailment by the Twins' medical staff. When he was correctly diagnosed with a palm ailment, he was frustrated and voiced his frustration publicly. Ron Gardenhire did not like that. I think that the Twins should really look into having the best players in Minnesota (I can make a similar case about Jose Morales vs. Drew Butera, but that's a whole different story) and do not try to stand behind the proven inept medical staff of this team.

Free Pat Neshek now!

8 comments:

DezSays said...

One thing you have to consider is that closers are often used in back to back games. Can you image how much Neshek would be tread on if had an outing like he did before. One out recorded while allowing five earned runs...

thrylos98 said...

Dez: one step at a time:

step 1: Get Neshek with the Twins now. He is better than Mahay.

step 2: re-evaluate the closer situation the last week of July.

tweeterfan said...

you should look closely at the game Neshek gave up those runs, 2 were actually given up by Waldrop when he came in for Neshek. Also, none of the "singles" were out of the INFIELD for god sake. A good fielding team would have made outs, and one double play was missed that should have gotten him out of the inning, get the facts They keep saying velocity, the velocity is back to where it was in 2006

thrylos98 said...

Agreed! That's why I took that game off the equation here... Also agree about the velocity. As I said earlier I saw him pitch a couple days ago and the velocity is back. And nobody is complaining about Rauch's velocity these days :)

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