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Hopeful Twins vs NY 9/26

Posted: 9/26/2012 1:01 PM

Hopeful Twins vs NY 9/26 


Twins trying to win a season series (albeit a small one) from the Evil Empire.
Deduno leaves early due to an injury so Duensing is in to try and get the job done. So far so good in the 3rd inning.
Matt Carson delivers the first run with a single up the middle. 1-0 Twins. Duensing is due for a real good game...maybe today he'll get it.noidea

Well, just as I say this, Yanks get back to back hits with one out in the 3rd.
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Posted: 9/26/2012 1:09 PM

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nope--Duensing still sucks bigtime...they are plastering him all over the ballpark and its suddenly 5-1 and still only 1 out.

Goodbye. I can't stand this

PS--gascan #1 relieved by gascan #2...Swarzak. Holy moley...this game could be 10-1 before we blink.ohlord

Last edited 9/26/2012 1:15 PM by insagt1

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Posted: 9/26/2012 3:24 PM

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I see nobody was around to watch this mess. Duensing is just plain terrible. yeah he had to come in without a lot of warmup--but geez--the Yanks were teeing off on him like they had fungo bats and was pitching batting practice. Total domination today. TWins never had a chance. Mauer with an 0-4. Ugh.

I guess most folks will say nobody expected the TWins to even win one of those games.

Last edited 9/26/2012 3:26 PM by insagt1

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Posted: 9/26/2012 8:52 PM

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Eh, too easy to say 'Brian Duensing is just plain terrible' or he 'sucks.'  I'll be the first to agree that his season has been marked by inconsistency, similar to that of his team. 

However, prior to today, his September's line was:  13.1 Innings, 8 hits, 0.68 ERA and a paltry .167 BAA.  I had no problem with Gardy putting him in today.

The young man has been a decent contributor for us and I'm going to let you in on a little secret:  We WILL try to retain his services in the off-season this year.

Last edited 9/26/2012 8:58 PM by brian450

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Posted: 9/26/2012 9:08 PM

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I wonder....(unless you have insider info!)
Just disappointing after the Twins grabbed the lead that Duensing came in and couldn't do a thing. Probably more disliking the Yankees than Duensing...but I wonder if the Twins plan on keeping him,.....or Swarzak.

O's bashed 7 HR's in a 12-2 rout of Toronto. Where were these guys last night????
Davis and Machado each hit two; McLouth, Reynolds and Gentleman Jim also went deep as all the O's runs came from homers.

Last edited 9/26/2012 9:16 PM by insagt1

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Posted: 9/27/2012 5:01 PM

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Definite 'YES' on Duensing - we get him back 100%.  He'll be an important cog out of the bullpen in 2013. 

I'm not sure about Swarzak and I'm kinda sure TR is not too sure about his fate at this time either...
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Posted: 9/27/2012 6:23 PM

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Why would the Twins be still so high on Duensing?? He had one little decent stretch and mostly a poor season. Just wondering. Swazak was honestly bad all season. Couldn't decide if he was a starter or a middle man or a short man...he mostly came in and gave up runs.
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Posted: 9/27/2012 8:31 PM

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Very good question and I think if you're looking at his stats alone when posing it, you may be scratching your head a bit.  

However, here's why the Twins are high on Duensing:

a.)  He's got good stuff - when he commands the fastball, everything else looks better and he's tough to hit;
b.)  Composure / Psychological makeup - He's pitched in some big ball games for us and handles himself well;
c.)  Versatile - Can give you spot starts or come out of the pen in long relief or, and this is the very worst case scenario, he could one day turn into an effective LOOGY.
d.)  He fits the prototypical requirement of the organisation - he pitches to contact, doesn't mess around on the mound and does things the 'Twins' way'
e.)  Speaking of the 'Twins' way, he's cheap;
f.)  Lastly, he's relatively young at 29 and should be entering into the prime of his pitching career.

PS  Gardy loves him, so even if you don't think there's any truth to a - f, bottom line is he gets one of his pets back.
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Posted: 9/27/2012 11:33 PM

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given his numbers he might start in Rochester and come up as a depth pitcher later on..
Hey Yanks lost to Toronto opening the door again for the O's. jays have been spoilers this week. And the Twins did do their part by at least winning one game against the Evil Empire.
Joe now only 3 points behind Cabrera. I think he will pass him this weekend.
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Posted: 9/28/2012 8:49 AM

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The Duensing Report:
2007 was his AAA breakout year and he was brilliant for the Red Wings 11-5 and sharp as a tack. 2008 he slipped in both wins and ERA. 2009 started with the Wings at 4-6 and went to the Twins to finish with them a very decent 5-2. 2010 was a great year for him and he looked like the real deal.
Then in 2011 he fell back again, compiling some very ugly stats for a bad team and a high ERA in the 5's. In 2012 as a reliever, he had a very good April and May...with only 1 bad outing each month. He continued to do well into June, until they made him a starter and thats where his season fell apart. From late June thru August he made 11 mostly brutal starts and his ERA ballooned into the high 6.00's. Finally in September they put him back in the pen where he once again pitched well...until his emergency relief stint against the Yankees this week where he suffered his worst outing of the year, allowing 6 runs in basically one inning+ of work.

Inconsistency has marked his career so far. Statistically, 2012 will not be kind to Brian....however he has been clearly a much more effective bullpen pitcher than starter this season. So maybe thats where he belongs? If the Twins didn't already have too many guys on this bubble, I'd say he was a lock to stick around. But most the staff is mired in mediocrity right now...so they have some homework to do when composing next seasons staff.

I'm on the fence with Duensing.
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Posted: 9/28/2012 4:41 PM

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Yes, he's a lock to stick around... and I promise you, you won't see Brian Duensing in Rochester again (barring injury or something really horrific and/or extraordinary). 

Add g.)  He's left-handed, wink.

He's a part of our future at this point in time.

Last edited 9/28/2012 4:44 PM by brian450

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Posted: 9/29/2012 7:32 AM

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Duensing, like most the Twins pitchers, could very well do some time in Rochester. I wouldn't discount the possibility. Based on this year, he may be better suited in the pen than as a starter.
One major point you brought up...he's a lefty. Like Perkins, that gives him extra points and may be the deciding factor as to keeping him around.
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