My Man Sam Deduno... Mr. Pure Entertainment!
Actually, he wasn't all that entertaining last night because no bat boys were hit by an off the mark pitch but I have hard time being disapointed. The Twins won 3-0 and Sam Deduno was fantastic on the mound.
One of the best examples of the Deduno effect was a curve ball that he front doored on Billy Butler for strike three. It was a curve ball heading toward Billy Butler. All batters know that they could get plunked at any time so Billy turned away to avoid getting hit as the ball curved in for a strike. That is called effective wildness and Sam has the ability to use that to his advantage. Depending on the timing of hitting a batter(bases loaded would be bad). Each hit batter would only cement his reputation and that reputation can be used to make hitters bail on curve balls like the one he threw to Butler. So... In Sam's Case... Hitting a batter can be actually good at times.
Sam was fantastic but he wasn't perfect. He threw a lot of pitches through 6 innings and major league managers don't like letting starters throw over 100 pitches to help protect the arm from breaking down as the season goes on. It's important to know that Sam has a lot of movement on his pitches and that causes a lot of foul balls because hitters struggle to hit the ball squarely and those foul balls will drive up pitch counts and when Sam misses the plate as often as he does. It means that batters can run up 3-2 counts before getting out or on base and the pitch count really starts adding up and it basically gaurentees that Sam will not be able to go much more than 6 innings before Gardy asks him for the ball.
Sam only walked two and he only gave up 4 hits but it took a lot of pitches to get the Royals out so Gardy had to pull him after he gave up a lead off double in the 7th. Sam didn't want to come out but the bullpen finished mopping up and it all worked out.
After a rough start in his season debut. Deduno has thrown two good games back to back and his ERA is down to a very respectable 3.44. I'm already looking forward to his next start.
PJ Walters throws tonight and he has been fairly decent so far. Another good performance from Walters against a struggling Kansas City Royals team and the Twins can keep this winning streak in the right direction.