Much was made earlier in the season — as if the season is THAT far along — about the fine work being done by former Twins pitchers.
Well, considering one of them is on the mound at the Dome tonight, I figured you might want an update:
First of all, there’s Carlos Silva, the Mariners’ $12 million man. These days he has numbers that would make Juan Rincon cringe. After getting smacked around by Detroit last night 7 earned runs in 4 innings), Carlos has 0-3 with a 9.30 ERA in his last four starts. That’s 21 earned runs on 33 hits in 20 innings, for those of you still remembering the bulletins about how well he was doing for the Mariners. By the way, his team bites too.
More than a few teams were wondering if they’d miss something by letting Kyle Lohse go unclaimed untiol almost the end of spring training, when the Cardinals signed him. After a 3-3, 2.36 start, our Kyle has returned to door-busting form. He’s 1-3 in his last four starts with an 8.22 ERA — 21 earned runs on 30 hits in 23 innings.
And there’s tonight’s Texas starter, the supposedly new-and-improved Sidney Ponson. Last night, at the end of the Twins broadcast, someone was going on about how Sidney is doing for the Rangers what the Twins had hoped he’d do for them in his brief stay last season. Well, you can fool some of the batters some of the time (which the Twins have proved too often) but after three solid starts, Sidney’s last two have shown the Sid that we remembered and rejected: 10 1/3 innings, 16 hits, 13 runs (9 earned), 5 walks, 3 strikeouts. In his five starts, the Rangers have scored 40 runs for him, by the way.
Nick Blackburn, you’re 5-2 after tonight, pal.