Bullpen Bollocks

I’m having a hard time understanding this ‘magical’ 100 pitch count that managers seem to insist upon. Nick Blackburn had pitched a great game, and the Twins had a 2-0 lead, but in the eighth inning the bullpen came in and royally screwed it up. I won’t waste everyone’s time again explaining what happened, but it was certainly ugly.

Sure, the Twins had secured a series win, but they were pretty much set for a sweep, and I’m positive Blackburn could easily have thrown a few more pitches. If Minnesota lose the division race by a single game this year, it’s going to be decisions like this that will haunt them.

Trouble is though, the Twins will have difficulty remaining competitive throughout this long season, unless they sort out their pitiful bullpen, or Ron Gardenhire begins to allow his starting rotation an extra inning or two, especially when they’re ahead.

Then again, last Sunday, Gardy could be criticized for not taking Scott Baker out soon enough. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t… who’d be a manager, eh?

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One comment

  1. flyingjunebugs@yahoo.com

    All that hard work that Nick put forth in holding back the Mariner’s and then….enter the bullpen! How discouraging! Hope they apologized to Nick! He did a fanastic job today!

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