Twins July Pitching Grades

Each month, I like to take a look at how the Twins players fared statistically. Looking at monthly data is what it is. It's a glimpse at a small sample size of data. However, it is fun to see how a player does each month. So, today, I am going to post my grades for the Twins pitchers.

JULY PITCHING GRADES:

THE STARTERS

SCOTT BAKER
(2 starts, 11.1 Innings Pitched, 1-1 with a 7.15 ERA, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts, 1.68 WHIP, .352 Opponent Average, 7.9 K/9)
Baker returned to the Twins and was allowed two starts. In each, he actually did well for the majority of his time on the mound. However, in each case, a bad inning was his downfall. The strikeouts are good. He actually got a win, but the second start was bad enough (again, one inning), that he was sent back to Rochester... again.
July Grade: D
June Grade: Minors
May Grade: B+

BOOF BONSER
(1 starts, 3 Innings Pitched, 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, 2.67 WHIP, .500 Opponent Average, 12.0 K/9)
Bonser got just one start before he was returned to Rochester. I think that the big reason is the four walks in three innings, although the .500 batting average against might be another reason.
July Grade: D-
June Grade: C-
May Grade: B+

FRANCISCO LIRIANO
(6 starts, 41.2 Innings Pitched, 4-1 with a 1.51 ERA, 13 walks, 55 strikeouts, 0.84 WHIP, .228 Opponent Average, 11.9 K/9)
Liriano was again amazing in June. He averaged almost seven innings a start. The strikeouts were terrific. The ERA, WHIP, incredible. It was a near-perfect month for Liriano.
July Grade: A
June Grade: A
May Grade: A
April Grade: A-

BRAD RADKE
(5 Starts, 28 Innings Pitched, 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts, 1.21 WHIP, .298 Opponent Average, 3.9 K/9)
It was actually an up-and-down month for Radke. I like his walk/strikeout numbers and that helps his WHIP. The ERA is high, but he had a couple of very nice starts. He is showing some veteran savvy, pitching through pain and making big starts as well.
July Grade: B
June Grade: B+
May Grade: D
April Grade: F

JOHAN SANTANA
(6 Starts, 38 Innings Pitched, 3-1 with a 4.74 ERA, 12 walks, 36 strikeouts, 1.27 WHIP, .329 Opponent Average, 8.5 K/9)
Santana really had a rough month. Sure, he had a nice 3-1 record, but that ERA is not good, not up to the Santana numbers we expect. The walks were a little high, and that opponent batting average is not in line with what we are accustomed to seeing from Santana.
July Grade: B-
June Grade: A
May Grade: A
April Grade: C-

CARLOS SILVA
(6 Starts, 28.1 Innings Pitched, 3-1 with a 6.67 ERA. 6 walk, 16 strikeouts, 1.80 WHIP, .385 Opponent Average, 5.1 K/9)
Another example of why a pitcher should not be judged on W-L record alone. Silva was horrible. I read in other places where he is starting to find it. No, not at all. The offense just shows up for him. That ERA is terrible. He even walked more than usual while opponents still knocked the ball all over the ball park against him!
July Grade: D
June Grade: B-
May Grade: D
April Grade: F

THE BULLPEN

JESSE CRAIN
(10 Games, 14.2 Innings Pitched, 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA, 4 walks, 12 strikeouts, 1.09 WHIP, .279 Opponent Average, 7.4 K/9)
For the second straight month, Crain was terrific. The strikeouts are about where they probably should be, but all of the other numbers are very good. He is quite important to the Twins bullpen.
July Grade: B+
June Grade: B+
May Grade: D-
April Grade: D-

WILLIE EYRE
(5 Games, 6.1 Innings Pitched, 0-0 with a 15.63 ERA, 2 walks, 1 strikeouts, 2.37 WHIP, .486 Opponent Average, 1.4 K/9)
I hate even talking about it any more, but Eyre should have been sent down to minors a couple of months ago. The numbers in his stat line that bother me the most are the first two. He simply is not getting innings. The rest of the bullpen has been terrific, so Eyre gets inconsistent innings. A month in Rochester, working every other day is just what he needs. He is a good pitcher, it just isn't showing here.
July Grade: F
June Grade: D
May Grade: D+
April Grade: C+

MATT GUERRIER
(Did Not Pitch)
The end of the month had Guerrier starting his rehab assignments.
July Grade: INJ
June Grade: INJ
May Grade: A-
April Grade: F

KYLE LOHSE
(9 Games, 17 Innings Pitched, 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA, 2 walks, 14 strikeouts, 0.88 WHIP, .238 Opponent Average, 7.4 K/9)
Lohse actually had a very solid month. He got consistent innings, usually in the early innings. He gave the team solid innings. Nothing spectacular, but I also think he showed why Twins fans always had hope that he could be something better. Fortunately, the best news on Lohse in July was that he was traded on the last day of the month to the Reds.
July Grade: B+
June Grade: D-
May Grade: F
April Grade: FJOE NATHAN
(12 Games, 12 Innings Pitched, 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA, 9 Saves in 9 Chances, 4 walk, 19 strikeouts, 1.08 WHIP, .271 Opponent Average, 14.3 K/9)
Nathan won the reliever of the month award for July. His numbers for the month were terrific. The 9-9 in save opportunities likely got him the award. But, if I was being incredibly nit-picky, you could argue that it was Nathan's worst month statistically (and yet, still amazing!). Another example of the Save stat being very over-rated.
July Grade: A
June Grade: A
May Grade: A
April Grade: A

PAT NESHEK
(8 Games, 10.1 Innings Pitched, 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA, 2 walk, 13 strikeouts, 0.58 WHIP, .162 Opponent Average, 11.3 K/9)
We had been saying for a couple of months that Neshek should be up with the Twins. In early July, he finally got the chance, and he has been incredible in his chances. He has given up just two runs, both on solo home runs. He is a strikeout machine. He doesn't allow baserunners. I think that it is fair to say that he has been even better than expected!
July Grade: A

DENNIS REYES
(12 Games, 8.1 Innings Pitched, 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, 0.84 WHIP, .241 Opponent Average, 9.7 K/9)
But if you want shocking, check out my grades for Dennis Reyes. He has been horrible for a lot of teams in his career, but he has been simply amazing for the Twins this year. He gets lefties out, but he is also getting out righties. He is striking out hitters, throwing hard. I don't know what the difference is. Something mechanical. Knowing he only has to get one to five hitters out in an outing?
July Grade: A
June Grade: A
May Grade: A-
April Grade: A+

JUAN RINCON
(12 Games, 12 Innings Pitched, 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts, 1.08 WHIP, .298 Opponent Average, 7.5 K/9)
Rincon had a solid month. As you can see by the Games and innings pitched, he was usually fulfilling his role as the 8th inning guy. That means that the starter did well and that the other bullpen guys got the team to the point where Rincon could pitch the 8th and Nathan the 9th.
July Grade: A-
June Grade: A
May Grade: A-
April Grade: B-

So, there are my July Grades for the Minnesota Twins pitchers. I would love to hear you thoughts or comments on any of them. Please feel free to agree or disagree and let me know why. Send me an e-mail at sethspeaksnet@hotmail.com or use the Scout.com forums to compare you thoughts with others.


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