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Twins have a solid No. 2 pitcher, he's their ace

Nobody in the past 15 years has been as good a No. 2 postseason starter as Andy Pettitte. Obviously, we all know how important an ace is in the playoffs, but a No. 2 isn’t far behind. He’s the guy who either sustains momentum or stops the other side’s run.

I knew the Phillies were in major trouble last year when Pedro Martinez was their No. 2 starter in the World Series. Interesting story, yes. No. 2 starter? No way.

What a good No. 2 starter Francisco Liriano would be for the Twins, if only he weren’t the No. 1.

Give the Twins credit for winning the Central year after year, despite having gotten very little in exchange for Johan Santana. Remember that deal with the Mets when the Twins recognized they couldn’t afford Santana?

Carlos Gomez was woefully overmatched in the ALDS against the Yankees last year. He was traded for JJ Hardy, who is at least a starting player. Philip Humber is gone, off to the Royals. Kevin Mulvey was dispatched to the Diamondbacks (in a convoluted couple of transactions that brought Jon Rauch). Deolis Guerra went 2-13 this season combined between Double A and Triple A.

Maybe Carl Pavano will have a big night, but to me, he seems more like a No. 3.

Come to think of it, that deal might have been one of Omar Minaya’s best days.

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