Monday night will mark Diamond's major league debut and the start will come in a very import spot for the Twins. The Twins can ill afford to lose ground to the clubs ahead of them in the standings and Diamond will be trying to prevent that from happening on Monday.
The Twins thought very highly of Diamond when he joined the organization this offseason. He provided the Twins with a left-handed starting pitcher that was ready to produce at the AAA level. Diamond has shared plenty of ups and downs for the Twins during the 2011 campaign.
The month of May was a time to forget for Mr. Diamond. In the six starts during that month, Diamond had and ERA of 7.18 and was charged with the loss in four games. Opponents also hit a blistering .358 off of Diamond in the month of May.
July has been a little more forgiving to Diamond. He has made two starts in the month of July and he has allowed a combined four runs in those two starts. The first outing he pitched eight innings while giving up one run. The second outing he pitched seven innings and gave up three runs.
The Twins are hoping that Diamond can continue his recent turnaround when he makes his debut at Target Field on Monday night. Anytime a team has a chance to pick up two games in one day on a first place team, it can be a huge lift to the season or a deflating moment.
Diamond will look to provide that huge lift in his MLB debut.