Thursday, July 7, 2011
Minnesota Twins Face Phil Humber Thursday Night
Remember when the Twins traded Johan Santana to the New York Mets for three prospects? Remember that two of them were supposed to contribute immediately? Remember their names? Carlos Gomez and Phil Humber ringing any bells?
It's been three years since the Twins made that trade. No one from that trade has done anything. The Twins could have had Jon Lester or Jacoby Ellsbury, but opted against them. Gomez was terrible from the beginning. The Twins gave up on Humber after the 2009 season. He spent a season with the Royals, mostly in Triple A when the Chicago White Sox picked him up.
Chicago's pitching coach suggested that he add a slider and it has worked miracles for him. He is 8-4 with a 2.69 ERA and could be named to the All Star team later this week. Something the Twins could desperately need.
Don't blame the Twins for getting rid of this guy. He was mentally unstable when they had him and wasn't a shell of the pitcher he is today. They couldn't have really thought that he would develop into an All Star talent during his first year as a full time starter in the league as a 28 year old.