It has been nice knowing you, Jason Marquis.
I shouldn't say that yet, as the Twins are running out of able bodies to put into their starting rotation, but if anyone other than Francisco Liriano has earned a trip out of town, it surely is Marquis.
Jason started and lost two games this week: a 5-0 loss to Cleveland where he pitched five innings giving up nine hits, five earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts and three home runs, and the 16-4 debacle versus Milwaukee where he lasted 1.2 innings, allowing eight hits, eight earned runs, one walk and two home runs.
It pains me to not be able to give Liriano the least valuable player award this time, but Liriano actually pitched admirably out of the bullpen this last week.
That is why the award has been renamed in Liriano's honor; if he can't win the award, then we should honor the memory of his terrible performances. It's like the reverse Cy Young Award.
Maybe the Twins move Marquis to the bullpen and hope he has better results like they did with Liriano. Maybe they just designate him for assignment. Either way, Twins fans have probably seen the last of Jason Marquis.
Dishonorable Mention: Nick Blackburn
At least the Twins managed to win Nick Blackburn's start this week.
Blackburn managed only two innings pitched, giving up six hits, six earned runs, two walks and striking out two in the Twins 11-7 win over Detroit on Wednesday.
Even more troubling than Blackie's pitching was his placement on the disabled list after the game with some sort of leg injury.
It is never a bad thing to get a struggling player some time off by putting him on the disabled list, but what will the excuse for his pitching be when he gets back?
We were told earlier this year that he was struggling because he was not standing in the right place on the mound.
Then we were told that he had too much rest and his arm was not tired enough in order for his sinker to work effectively.
Now, Blackburn finds himself on the DL and is running out of excuses for his pitching this season.
I know that Blackburn typically finds a groove somewhere during the summer and will be effective for about two months, but there has got to be some way to even out his performances over the course of the whole season.
May I suggest he brings a ruler out to the mound with him so he stands in the right spot every time and he runs a half-marathon the morning before games to ensure his arm is tired enough to get the proper sink on the ball?
The worst part of this is that Liriano will more than likely make starts in Blackburn's absence.
On second thought...