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This is a different picture than I used last week, seriously.
If you are saying, "But Liriano didn't even pitch this week. They took a step back with him and skipped his start," you are right.
It still doesn't mean that Francisco Liriano was not the least valuable player on the Twins roster this week.
Liriano needs to be starting every time his spot in the rotation comes up, and the fact he is so bad the Twins are unwilling to let him take the mound makes him undoubtedly the least valuable player.
Frankie is the guy, along with Carl Pavano, that should be giving the Twins a chance to win even when they aren't scoring seven runs a game.
So, while Liriano has not been valuable while pitching for the Twins this season, he becomes even less valuable when the Twins don't have enough confidence in him to let him do his job.
Hopefully the week off has done Liriano some good and he has figured out some things mechanically that will allow him to be a reliable starter for the rest of the season.
I am just not counting on it.
Dishonorable Mention: Jamey Carroll
There is nothing inherently wrong with Jamey Carroll or the way he plays the game.
He is an above-average fielder at his advanced age and does a good enough job handling the bat and getting on base that he should be a part of the Twins everyday lineup.
The problem is, he is currently hitting second in the Twins lineup, and when he is not moving runners over and taking walks, he is essentially useless to the offense.
Carroll went 3-for-19 this week (.158 BA). He scored four runs, drew four walks and that is it.
The Twins ability to win games at this point is based solely on the ability to outscore their opponents. Having Jamey Carroll hitting second almost guarantees that, even if Denard Span gets on base, Joe Mauer will be hitting with a runner on first base with one out.
Moving Carroll down in the order, even if it is temporary, will only benefit the Twins and give them more chances to score runs early in games.
My suggestion would be to move Trevor Plouffe into the second spot in the order, since the Twins have seemingly given him an everyday spot in the lineup.
While Plouffe was equally as bad at the plate this week, 2-for-16 (.125 AVG), he does a good job taking walks (five this week) and has the power to find a gap and not leave Mauer staring at a potential double play when he walks to the plate.