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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Twins lose Slowey for season

As Joe Christensen writes, the Twins' postseason chances have just taken a serious blow:
Slowey's ERA isn't anything special, but he's got the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the rotation. He will be missed. Swarzak, his replacement, has a fine ERA but doesn't seem to have the skills to support it. Not yet, anyway. Meanwhile, Liriano keeps getting roughed up; when he's not walking guys, he's giving up home runs.

It's too early for the Twins to give up. They're only three games out of first place, they're trailing two teams (Detroit and Chicago) that have plenty of issues of their own, and any club featuring Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer has a puncher's chance. But considering the Twins' huge holes in the middle of the infield, the outfield and now in the rotation, you wonder how long the center can hold.