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Strong (if meaningless) early returns

I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed that, prior to Tuesday's game, none of the pitchers expected to be on the Twins' staff had so much as given up a single earned run.  So, how crazy-good are that group's stats at this ridiculously early point?  And how is our projected lineup doing?

The answer is: pretty darn crazy-good.  The group consisting of Baker, Slowey, Blackburn, Pavano, Liriano, Guerrier, Neshek, Rauch, Crain, Mijares, and Condrey have a combined 0.84 ERA and 0.84 WHIP (coincidentally), with 21 K and 7 BB in 32 innings.  Only Pavano has given up any ER.


Meanwhile, the lineup of Span, Hudson, Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer, Kubel, Hardy, Young, and Punto are not too shabby themselves, with a combined slash-line of .295/.364/.462.

Ah, the joys of small sample sizes and inferior opponents...

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