Francisco Liriano is this week's Least Valuable Player (LVP).
At this point in the season, Liriano seems to be going out of his way to win the award each and every week. Somewhere down the line, the award may just be named after him. (Liriano's Vicious Performances?)
Frankie pitched two games this week, and he lost them both. In both starts, he combined for 7 1/3 innings pitched, 10 earned runs (12.27 ERA), eight walks and six strike outs.
His past performances and electric "stuff" will probably allow him a few more starts, but his mechanics are so poor right now it is a small miracle when he throws a strike.
I know it is an imaginary award I personally give out, but if there isn't a DL stint or move to the bullpen to work on mechanics, he just may win this award every week for the foreseeable future.
Dishonorable Mention: Danny Valencia
I personally think Valencia is a good player and important to the Twins this year and into the future, but this week was not his finest.
Danny played in six games, going 4-of-25 (.160 BA) at the plate with one run scored, three RBI and two doubles.
A total lack of plate discipline was evident as Valencia struck out nine times, simply looking lost in some run-scoring situations.
The knock on Valencia is that he's cocky for not proving much at the major league level, but if he doesn't figure out the strike zone soon, the knock on Danny will be that he's cocky for a guy playing in Rochester.