June 22, 2007

Baker Survives

With his most recent outing against the Mets, Scott Baker managed to save his spot on the Twins roster. If Baker would have had a poor performance, he would have definitely gotten sent back down to AAA after Thursday night when Matt Garza pitched lights out.

It has been a shock all season to watch Matt Garza stay at AAA while others such as Glen Perkins, Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey have passed him and made their way to the Major Leagues. When the season started, Garza was thought by most to be the team's biggest prospect, and was also thought to either make the team out of Spring Training or be the first called up.

However, that hasn't happened as he has been very inconsistent and at times has really struggled with his control. Garza blames his struggles on the Twins forcing him to work more on his changeup when he feels like his other pitches are just fine.

But even with his struggles, Garza has shown signs of being the great pitcher that he was last season, and he did that just yesterday. Garza had a final line of 7 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits and 8 strikeouts.

So, if Baker wouldn't have saved himself against the Mets, Garza might have gotten a chance. And the spotlight will continue to be on Baker to perform with Garza right behind him if he falters.

Garza's An All-Star:
Matt Garza was chosen to represent the Twins in this year's Futures All-Star Game. Garza will be representing both the Minnesota Twins organization and the U.S. team. So far this season, Garza is 4-6 with a 3.41 ERA and 89 strikeouts.

The Futures All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, July 8. The game will take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco and will begin at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN2.