Former Twins 2013 Post-Season Roundup

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The Twins may have just missed the playoffs this year, but a handful of former Twins did make it. How did they do? Let's take a look.

Luis Ayala

Atlanta Braves (eliminated in the NLDS by the Los Angeles Dodgers)
3 Games, 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 2 BB (1 IBB), 3 K.

The biggest "Remember that guy?" guy on the list, Luis Ayala was semi-successful this post-season pitching for the Braves. He didn't give up any runs, but he was also brought into Game 2 of the NLDS, promptly gave up a hit, and was pulled before getting a single out.

Grant Balfour

Oakland Athletics (eliminated in the ALDS by the Detroit Tigers)
3 Games, 3 IP, 0 ER, 0 Hits, 1 BB, 3 K.

Pretty impressive, 'mate. Balfour pitched the 9th inning for the Athletics in Games 2, 3, and 5 of the ALDS, earning himself a win, a save, and a no decision (if you're into that kind of thing).

Delmon Young

Tampa Bay Rays (eliminated in the ALDS by the Boston Red Sox)
5 Games, 11 AB, 3 Hits (1 Home Run), 1 RBI, 1 BB (don't worry, it was an intentional walk).

Delmon Young hit a home run off the very first pitch he saw in the AL Wild Card game, and looked like he was going to continue being the post-season Delmonster he was last year with the Tigers. Unfortunately, after that one pitch it all went downhill for our wayward hibachi enthusiast. Delmon gathered only two more hits in the ALDS against Boston before the Rays were eliminated.

Justin Morneau

Pittsburgh Pirates (eliminated in the ALDS by the St. Louis Cardinals)
6 Games, 24 AB, 7 Hits (1 Double), 1 BB.

Justin was serviceable. He played some stellar defense at first base. He, uh, brought leadership and experience? But if you talk to a Pirates fan, they'll be quick to point out Justin did not hit a single home run with the Pirates since they acquired him at the end of August. In fact, Morneau batted clean-up and only racked up 5 extra base hits and 3 RBIs the entire time he was with Pittsburgh (regular season and post-season). Yikes.

Francisco Liriano

Pittsburgh Pirates (eliminated in the ALDS by the St. Louis Cardinals)
2 Games, 13 IP, 3ER, 7 Hits, 10 K, 3 BB.

On top of the stellar pitching, he got a hit and a walk at the plate.

I don't even know what to think about this.

Nick Punto

Los Angeles Dodgers (eliminated in the NLCS by the St. Louis Cardinals)
6 Games, 6 AB, 2 Hits (1 Double), 4 K.

Torii Hunter

Detroit Tigers (eliminated in the ALCS by the Boston Red Sox)
11 Games, 45 AB, 9 Hits (2 Doubles), 2 RBI, 2 BB, 11 K, 1 HBP.

At 38 years old, Torii Hunter continues to be an impressive ballplayer, and he did largely what he was supposed to do for the Tigers this post-season. Torii even batted lead-off for the first time since 1999 when Jim Leyland revamped his lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS.

At the end of the day, Torii's post season performance will be remembered as his legs shooting straight up into the air as he flipped over the bullpen wall at Fenway trying to catch a Big Papi home run.

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Maybe you'll get that ring next year, Torii.

Craig Breslow

Boston Red Sox (won the World Series)
10 Games, 7.1 IP, 6 Hits, 2 ER, 7 BB, 6 K.

He has a B.A. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale. He holds a 2.45 post-season ERA. Now he has a World Series ring.

David Ortiz

Boston Red Sox (won the World Series)
16 Games, 68 AB, 18 Hits (5 Home Runs, 3 Doubles), 16 BB (4 IBB), 7 K.

David Ortiz did okay in the 2013 post-season. Although he was robbed of a grand slam by Carlos Beltran in Game 1 of the World Series, he still hit a home run later in the game. Overall in the series, David managed to reach base 19 of 25 plate appearances (.800 OBP), which is the most times in a single World Series for any player not named Barry Bonds. Ortiz's combined OBP and .688 BA were also only good enough for second all time behind Billy Hatcher's .750 BA and .800 OBP in 1990.

Ortiz won the World Series MVP award.

It was ten years ago. Just let it go.

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