April 28, 2008

Livan Hernandez, this seasons version of Ramon Ortiz?

The Twins were clobbered yesterday, 10-0 against the futile Texas Rangers. Just one day after recording 12 runs on 16 hits on Saturday, the Twins failed to score anyone on 7 hits on Sunday.

Livan Hernandez started the game with a 3-0 record and a very respectable 3.55 ERA. And in just 2 2/3 innings, Hernandez now sits at 3-1 with a 5.05 ERA. The 33-year-old Cuban now has an 8.55 ERA over his last three starts while going 0-1, after he began the season with a 2.57 ERA in his first three starts, winning all of them.

This is starting to sound like déjà vu for many that remember the Twins signing of Ramon Ortiz last season. Ortiz was 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA after his first 5 starts. He then went onto lose 3 straight decisions and had a 10.97 ERA over the course of his next 5 starts.

For a while, Hernandez looked to be a great signing and looked to have regained his old form after his down 2007 in which he had a 4.93 ERA and a .500 record for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I know I'm probably going overboard with this, as it's really his first horrific outing, but you can't deny that Ortiz and Hernandez are comparable at this point.

I hope Hernandez gets back on track, and since his track record is much better than Ortiz's, I'm still a little optimistic that he will. I don't know anyone who's expecting him to put up Cy Young numbers, but giving up 6 runs to an inferior team like the Rangers is definitely alarming.

Saturday's Game Ball
Mike Lamb - Third Base

3-4, 1 Run, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Sunday's Game Ball
Brendan Harris

2-2, walk

Down on the Farm

I'm pretty tired, so I'm going to have to cut it short. For Minor League updates for both Saturday and Sunday including the players of the day, head over to Seth Speaks.