[Observers] have concerns over Francisco Liriano, who was the first AL pitcher to reach 10 losses and missed his last start because of a sore forearm.
Then you have the problem that even if the rotation of Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn,Glen Perkins, Liriano and rookie Anthony Swarzak holds up, the Twins have concerns in the bullpen, and they showed up again Friday when the Angels scored six 11th-inning runs.
It is already feeling like the Twins are giving up on this season, and planning for the big 2010 open air stadium reveal. I think that rotation has to go down to four guys, and in a hurry, even. Move Perkins or Liriano or Swarzak to the bullpen (my vote? Liriano) and see what can happen with 4 guys who have been inconsistent, but have shown moments of brilliance throughout the year. Let's keep appearances by Dickey and Keppel to a minimum. They are only effective if seen briefly. With Cabrera in the fold, the Twins, despite appearances, haven't given up on the year. But they need to show they do more than hang tight with the Angels for six to ten innings--they need to win some games against the Powers of other Divisions, too.