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Slowey: 20-Game Winner?

By Josh Gloe

Arriving at nearly the halfway point in Major League Baseball, Kevin Slowey is tied with the Major League-leading 10 wins. At this rate, 20 wins could be in his grasp by the end of the season.

In my very first Twinsmix article before the season began, I predicted that Kevin Slowey would be the pitcher to watch this season. I singled him out as a possible unexpected ace, a hidden gem in the rotation. It turns out he is exactly that.

Last year, Slowey had only two more wins than he has at this midway point in the 2009 season. He was 12-11 with an ERA of 3.99. Obviously, he has improved significantly from his barely-winning season last year. Should he be in the run this year for the All-Star game voting? Absolutely. However, because of his 4.04 ERA, this will cause hesitation from voters. Even with an ERA over 4, any player who leads the Major League (not just the American League) in wins should be seriously considered for a spot on the All-Star roster.

Although Slowey is on pace to win 20 games this season, I do not think that he actually will. First, he will have to lower his ERA to get this done. Last night's performance is just the kind of night he needed, giving up only 1 earned run in 6 innings pitched. If he gives up only 1 or 2 runs per game, then he will almost definitely win 20 games. If he gives up an average of 4 runs per 9 innings pitched, then it won't be so likely.

No matter if he gets 20 wins or not, makes it to the All-Star game or not, he will still finish the season with some very solid numbers, unless of course something drastic happens. He will probably finish the season a couple of games shy of 20 wins: still a feat to be proud of.

Look for my semi-weekly column on Tuesdays. Also, check for my other articles which will pop in whenever I feel like it.


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