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Postby Vitreous » Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:20 pm

Tonight, Garza threw a 9 inning shutout winning 1-0.
He gave up 3 hits, 2 walks and got 9 K's.
He also threw 126 pitches.

The Twins are usually conservative with their young promising arms, but they don't seem to be concerned with Garza's pitch count.

Obviously, he had enough to complete the game, but is 126 pitches a little too much to be throwing in a meaningless AAA or does he have the type of arm where pitch count doesn't matter?

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Postby Members Only Jackets » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:43 am

He's Matt "Mexican for Gas, aka the Gangsta" Garza.

Got him in 2 keepers! STTTTTTTUD!
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Postby rmande09 » Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:38 am

I'm questioning the reason behind this. Whether they regard him as a horse or not should NOT allow them to let the kid throw 126 pitches in AAA. This is very questionable and is one of the worst ways to handle prospect pitchers. Watch the kid develop some sort of tendonitis now.
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Postby teddyballgamemvp » Wed Jul 26, 2006 6:53 am

They could be showcasing him for a stud bat for the postseason push they are definitely on.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:27 am

Damn, 126 pitches. Gardenhire wants him in Minnesota, but he might not last at that rate. I know it's tough to take your ace out when he's dealing like that, but I would think they would have some kind of limits in place on the kid, possibly from as high up as the GM.
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Postby Music2004Man » Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:18 am

teddyballgamemvp wrote:They could be showcasing him for a stud bat for the postseason push they are definitely on.


I'm with Teddy ballgame here. That team could use another bat and with the way Garza is pitching he could land the twinkies a really solid bat.
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Postby rmande09 » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:01 pm

The Twins don't trade their pitching prospects. It's pretty much a way of life. And they sure as hell would not have him throwing 126 pitches - the team trading for him would certainly frown upon that.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:24 pm

Hard to believe that Gardenhire and the Twins upper management would allow the AAA manager to let Garza throw 126 pitches. 8-o
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Postby Music2004Man » Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:11 pm

He would be a hell of an addition to the bullpen for the stretch run. In that way they could limit the number of innings on his arm as well. If I had to guess I would say he starts next year in the bullpen and starts games in the middle of the year similar to the progressions of Liriano and Santana.
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Postby Vitreous » Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:29 pm

I doubt very seriously they put him in the bullpen at the start of next year. Assuming he makes the team:

1. Gardenhire has already shown he likes him more than Baker and Bonser. After the last 3 Garza starts, he always asks Terry Ryan, "How is Garza doing?" He is pushing for him to be up now.
You never heard him ask how are Scott and Boof doing when they were in AAA.

2. He has shown that he is more of a horse than Liriano. He has no history of arm problems like Liriano, pitched college ball and will log many more innings this year than Liriano pitched last year.

3. He is a righty and they need a good one to pitch between Santana and Liriano.

4. Radke has already announced that he intends to retire at the end of this year.

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