It was evident during the first few weeks of the season when Minnesota Twins‘ lefthander Scott Diamond was out of the rotation due to injury that something was missing from the Twins’ pitching staff. Not only were the Twins missing arguably their staff ace, but the Twins were also missing their only left-handed starter to begin the season in the rotation until Pedro Hernandez was promoted due to an injury to Cole De Vries.
Since Diamond has returned, the Twins’ rotation has begun to fill out and now looks more promising than it had earlier in the season. Outside of the surprise start to the season by Kevin Correia, there weren’t any other pitchers in the rotation that the Twins could trust and feel confident about going into each start. Now with Diamond healthy and pitching well, the Twins finally have a pitcher that they can trust will give them a solid outing every time he takes the mound.
On Tuesday night, Diamond took the mound against a tough Boston Red Sox lineup and pitched a masterful game holding the Red Sox to three hits over seven strong innings of work to earn the victory. With the victory, Diamond improved his record to 3-2 and lowered his ERA to a strong 3.03. Diamond’s ability to eat up seven solid innings and give the Twins a great outing was even more crucial on Tuesday night after the team was coming off of an eleven inning setback the night before which used up several of their bullpen options.
Outside of his first outing where he gave up four runs to the New York Mets, Diamond has garnered four straight quality starts and the Twins have won three out of the four games in which he started in. Diamond doesn’t have the overpowering stuff to strike hitters out and dominate a game by himself, but his strong command of all of his pitches and his precise understand of how to work the strike-zone has allowed him to become an effective pitcher in the majors.
The Twins have long been known for liking pitchers who throw strikes and let their defense make the plays behind them and Diamond definitely fits the mold. Brad Radke made a strong career using a command oriented type of pitching style and Diamond is well on his way to duplicating the same approach.
If the Twins can continue to see growth out of Diamond, it will be one less hole that the team has to worry about filling long-term. Hopefully Diamond can remain healthy and stay on the current track that he is on; for if he does, the Twins may have found a pitcher they can count on to stabilize their rotation for years to come.