Reusse: Once-dominant Burton setting up Twins to fail

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 2, 2013 - 11:47 AM
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Twins reliever Jared Burton left the field displeased with his performance — and the feeling among Target Field fans appeared to be mutual — after giving up two runs and three hits and committing a run-scoring throwing error in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees on Monday night.

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The Twins signed Jared Burton as a minor league free agent on Nov. 11, 2011. They did so knowing that he was on the rebound from right shoulder surgery and he would have to be protected to a degree in his workload.

This was one of the few things that worked well for the 2012 Twins, as Burton worked 62 innings in 64 games, registered a 2.18 ERA and held opponents to a .186 batting average.

The Twins were impressed enough to sign Burton to a two-year contract. He turned 32 in early June, and at that point it seemed to be a very wise decision by Terry Ryan’s front office.

Burton had made 27 appearances in 2013, holding a lead 13 times, saving two games and losing two leads. He had a 2.03 ERA and opponents were batting .204.

A month later, the Twins are in position to contemplate if it is time to start protecting themselves from Burton.

He blew another game Monday night, entering with the Twins holding a 4-3 lead over the Yankees in the eighth, and leaving with one out, rookie Zoilo Almonte at third, and the Twins trailing 5-4.

Manager Ron Gardenhire came to get Burton to the accompaniment of boos and shouts from the second deck with the message, “Way to go, Gardy.”

The folks following this team — and Monday’s paltry crowd of 29,619 indicated that number is in serious decline — have grown increasingly unhappy with Gardenhire’s loyalty to Burton as his eighth-inning man.

After Monday night, the dreadful résumé for Burton since June 6 is as follows:

He has been in 10 games, lost three, pitched nine innings, allowed 17 hits and nine runs, for an ERA of 9.00 and a batting average of .386 for opponents.

On Sunday, Burton entered with a 7-7 tie and gave up a home run to Kansas City’s David Lough.

On Monday, Burton entered with that 4-3 lead and gave up a booming double to Robinson Cano. From there, Burton failed to retire Ichiro Suzuki on a bunt, threw away a pickoff attempt, gave up an RBI single to Almonte and mercifully departed.

OK, it wasn’t that merciful, since Gardenhire then gave an increasingly ornery crowd a look at Brian Duensing, his other option as a setup man. Duensing and the Twins turned the ninth into an outrage against baseball, as the Yankees scored four runs for a 10-4 victory.

The Yankees came to town with Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson all absent from the lineup. The only remaining star, Cano, hit two home runs to produce New York’s first three runs, and the Twins bullpen produced the rest.

By the end, there were only stragglers in Target Field, dealing with the reality that even when the Yankees are the Faux Yankees, they still figure to make the Twins look foolish on a ballfield.

Postgame, Gardenhire went with tradition and said, “We got to the right guys at the end,” while also knowing this was not an opinion shared by a majority of his team’s followers.

Not many feel Burton is the right guy at the moment, but then Option B, Duensing, or Option C, Josh Roenicke, didn’t look like the right guy in that pathetic ninth.

“Burton gave up that hit to Cano, and then he threw the ball around a couple of times,” Gardenhire said. “He just got flabbergasted out there, if that’s the word.”

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