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zamboni

Slowey to start friday- everyone excited?!??!?

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bgreen82

excited, but prepared to be disappointed as well. dont wanna get worked up to be let down. hopeful though still. i almost think they should have went back to garza first.

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101winchester

I agree, didn't Garza do good in the Majors last year, as opposed to Slowey in the Minors. Gonna be tough on the kid I think.

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Bobby Bass

Well we shall see what happens with the young lad. He is having a much better season then Garza is and also has a few more pitches. Garza is still throwing his fastball 90% of the time and is not listening to staff that he can't make it in the show with just a fastball. Think that was demonstrated last season when he got called up. Hope the kid gets some run support and does not get blasted coming out of the gate. Will give Twins fans someone to compare starts against as we all remember how nervous Garza was. Ryan really likes this kid and I think he has shown he has an eye for bring along talent.

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Scott K

I am excited, I am glad the twins didnt wait until it was to late to do something. I also think they should have brought garza up, and saved slowey for the end of the season. But I trust the twins office, for whatever reason they had to bring slowey in now instead of then.

GO TWINS!!

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walleyes12

He can't do any worse than Ponson and Ortiz!! Its good to get his young arm in the majors and get some experience!

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Mudcutter

you gotta have pitches in the majors. Just a fastball, and your done. Pro hitters can hit it, even at over 100mph. Mariano throws one pitch- but it cuts like the dickens, or did. A major league hitter sits on a fastball, and gets one, it's outta the park. Must have offspeed and curve.

Garza has to mix it up. Slowey seems to have more control also. Might get a few radke like first innings, but if he gets on track, he should be OK.

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Willy

I'm excited. Slowey has been every bit as dominant as Garza all throughout the minors. Supposedly he has great command of his 4 pitches, which is what you need to be successful in the major leagues.

He has been great so far this year and is more of a polished pitcher than Garza is. Garza is projected to have a higher ceiling than Slowey, but right now it looks as though Slowey is more major league ready.

Don't worry, if Scotty Baker keeps up like he was his last couple of starts, we will see Garza sooner than later.

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zamboni

I was just going to bring that up, thank you- if everyones so high on Garza, why do we have to put up with Baker? Wouldn't Garza have been the more sensible call up? Or is Gardy and Bell worried that Garza isn't a bona fide major league starter?

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Jarrod32

Baker was more ready than Slowey or even Garza.

I hope Slowey doesn't get torched...that would be disaster for the kid's confidence.

And I hope they keep him limited. We don't want him to join the elite group of the likes of Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Rafael Soriano, and more recently Francisco Liriano who burned their arms early. At least Slowey is a bit older than those guys...maybe he'll be all right.

Please, Twins, don't burn the kid's arm out before he is ready...........

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CNY Tim

I heard it was because the Twins pitching coach said Garza had to work on his breaking ball more before he can be an effective starter??? Garza expressed that he didn't feel needed work was warranted??

Ahhh rookies they just think they can blow everybody away at the major league level.

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Spinner1

One start does not a successfull season make. But how'd ya like that one last night? I sure hope he can pitch almost that well on most nights.

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xedge2002

When I was watching the game in the first few innings he didn't get rattled when he had long at bats with some hitter's and lots of guys were fouling balls off on him. I know it's only one game but let's hope that he can build on this game and be that consistent for the rest of the season.

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Bobby Bass

I thought he did very well. Just one run, to bad he didn't get the win. Kid can PITCH which is a lot different then just throwing a fastball. I can see why Ryan was slow bring him up, he might not be going back down.

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Jarrod32

He did very well. Changed speeds, good location control...

While giving up the solo shot in the 6th certainly isn't the end of the world, at 86 pitches after five he probably shouldn't have been out for the 6th.

But a very impressive start indeed. Let's hope he can keep it up.

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bgreen82

i think for both garza and slowey, they wanted to wait on both because bringing them up after june 1st will put off their arbitration eligibilty. if you bring a guy up before then he may be entitled to go through it a year sooner. not sure exactly how it works. if anyone struggles, i wouldnt be surprised to see garza right behind. most likely it would be baker, cuz silva threw his 4th game in which the twins got shutout. he should really be more like 6-3.

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Jarrod32

Silva's ERA is 3.86...and while he may not quite be back to his 2005 form, he is certainly pitching like he was in 2004, when he went 14-8 with an ERA of 4.21 in 203 innings. If he can continue to be effective, he can be a workhorse in the number 3 spot in a rotation, eating a lot of innings along the way...which is important if you are going to rely on a couple of young guys in the rotation...that can put a strain on a bullpen over the course of a season.

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zamboni

I agree, Jarrod, Silva has impressed me as well this season.

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Bobby Bass

I believe Silva leads the league in lack of run support. Tuff to win with no runs.. He has surprised a lot of people I think.

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bgreen82

i think Silva's improvement will be greater of a commodity next year. if he pitches like this it will be nice to throw him in the #2 spot between johan and liriano. lefty, righty, lefty then slowey garza to round it out.

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jigging-matt

What about BOOF??? cool.gif

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Fishin Beast

Next year it will be Santana, Silva, Liriano, Boof, and Slowley.

We will end up (Hopefully) trading away Garza and maybe Baker for bats. Keeping alot of young arms still to fill in if any of those starting 5 goes down for any period of time.

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bgreen82

sorry i forgot about boof. let me change it to santana, boof, f-bomb, silva and slowey. garza and baker could get traded. we still got perkins too. dh and 3rd are needed badly. i knew punto had a career year last year.

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