Currently, the Minnesota Twins lead the Chicago White Sox by 10 games in the AL Central division. Their magic number (combination of Twins wins and White Sox losses) to clinch a playoff berth is all the way down to 5! So, it is a pretty sure bet that the Twins will be playing in the playoffs. So, one big question the Twins will face heading into the playoffs is: Who will we play? Another one is: Who will be in the starting rotation?
Here’s who should be in it and why.
In order, the Twins playoff starting rotation should be (drumroll please!): Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Brian Duensing, and Nick Blackburn. I think it would work fine if Duensing and Blackburn were flipped, but this order would work best. I am pretty sure the Twins will have a four-man rotation in the playoffs instead of a five-man one, which they had all season long.
Pavano should be starter #1 because he has pitched for a lot of years in the majors and has the experience to start the opening game of the playoffs, when a lot of players are anxious. Having the veteran Pavano pitch the opener, it could calm the team down.
Liriano (though he is my favorite pitcher) should be #2. He can pitch better than Pavano at times, but the problem with Liriano is sometimes he gets too excited before big games and is ineffective during them. Once he calms down, though, he can be very, very good.
Duensing should be #3. Since he became a starter in the middle of the season, Duensing has been extremely effective. He was forced to start the playoff opener last year. He did okay, but he doesn’t have the experience to do it again.
Blackburn should be the final starter. I am less sure about him than the other three, but Blackburn has had a pretty good season. In the first couple months, he was very effective. But then, he had some poor starts and got sent down to the minors. Since he got called back up about a month ago, he has returned to his old form of being effective.
The Twins should have four solid starters in their playoff rotation. These guys could get the Twins deep into the playoffs and just maybe a World Series championship!
Written by: Sam Graves