The Franchise 2003 (Pitchers)

SP Brad Radke 2.5 WAR
Some numbers for Radke.
Year/BB:9IP
2001/1.0
2002/1.5
2003/1.2
2004/1.1
2005/1.0
Radke continued his run as one of the best control pitchers in the league.

By Month, 2003
Mar/April 34.1 IP 6.29 ERA 10 BB
May 30.1 IP 5.04 ERA 3 BB
Jun 34.1 IP 5.50 ERA 5 BB
Jul 40 IP 3.83 ERA 5 BB
Aug 38.1 IP 4.70 ERA 4 BB
Sep/Oct 35.0 IP 1.80 ERA 1 BB

SP Kyle Lohse 2.3 WAR
Though he ended the year with about league average numbers for a starting pitcher (98 ERA+), Lohse was particularly streaky in 2003. In his eight starts from June 16-July 26, Lohse went 0-5 with a 10.95 ERA while opponents OPS against him was 1.022. In the eight starts prior to that (May 2- June 11), he was 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA and a .572 OPS against.

SP Rick Reed 0.9 WAR
At the age of 38, Reed had a little bit left, but for the most part showed his age. He retired after the season. In his three years with the Twins, Reed was 25-25 with a 4.47 ERA (101 ERA+).

SP Kenny Rogers 1.9 WAR
While signing the 38-year-old lefty might have seemed like a gamble for the Twins, it was a low risk, potentially high-reward move for a team that had a gap in the rotation due to Eric Milton’s knee injury. Rogers had a decent season with the Twins, but was much better in both 2002 and 2004 with the Texas Rangers. Rogers had a down note on June 1, when allowed the first seven Mariners he faced to hit safely, one short of a major league record.

SP Joe Mays -0.5 WAR
2001 seemed like ancient history as Mays continued to struggle to find the form that made him an All Star. He would miss all of 2004 after having Tommy John surgery.

RP/SP Johan Santana 4.2 WAR
With several of the team’s starting pitchers struggling or injured, the voices calling for Johan Santana to be moved to the starting rotation for the bullpen became louder. It finally happened for good on July 11. Santana was the team’s best starter most of the rest of the season, but a hamstring problem plagued him in October.

CL Eddie Guardado 1.9 WAR
RP LaTroy Hawkins 3.1 WAR
Guardado put up big numbers as a one-inning closer from 2002-2003, and effectively priced his way out of Minnesota. Both the Twins and Guardado indicated they wanted to get a deal done, but ultimately he signed with the Seattle Mariners, and the Twins used the money saved to sign Shannon Stewart. In 12 years with the Twins, Guardado posted a 4.53 ERA (105 ERA+) 4.39 FIP and 1.34 WHIP. Hawkins was dominant in his setup role for the second straight season, and also signed a nice contract with another team, in this case with the Chicago Cubs. His numbers in 9 seasons with the Twins: 5.05 ERA (95 ERA+) 4.58 FIP 1.52 WHIP. Both were well established fan favorites when they left, and both were vocal about their displeasure with leaving. Fans were somewhat unsettled by the moves, but ultimately discovered quickly that the Twins had found a new bullpen option with Joe Nathan, another piece of the AJ Pierzynski trade.

RP Juan Rincon 1.2 WAR

RP JC Romero -0.1 WAR

 

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