Suzanne Solheim, known to her friends as Sooze, is a long-time baseball blogger who lives in St. Cloud. She blogs about the Twins for startribune.com and also writes about the game on her other blog, Babes Love Baseball. Follow her on Twitter @babeslovebball

Does Duensing have a shot?

Posted by: Suzanne Solheim Updated: February 26, 2010 - 2:37 PM

Personally, I fell in love with Brian Duensing last season.  It wasn't exactly the same type of love I have for Man Muscles... it was more like a proud admiration.

With the Twins clawing and scraping to stay alive in the 2009 playoff picture, Duensing managed to go 5-1 with a 2.65 ERA once he joined the rotation full time in August.  Before you knew it, he was starting Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the ever-intimidating New York Yankees, in their house.  I was incredibly impressed up until that point.

The lefty's very first postseason start didn't go as well as planned. In fact, he pretty much blew it, taking the loss after surrendering five runs over 4.2 innings. Kinda sad.

Duensing faces some tough competition this Spring with Glen Perkins having a ton more experience over the past two seasons before hurting his shoulder, and Francisco Liriano fresh off a strong winter ball performance.

So my question to you is this: does Duensing have what it takes to somehow find his way into the rotation this season?

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