Throughout this offseason, and especially in the last few weeks, there has been debate as to whether Ricky Nolasco should be a member of the Twins’ starting rotation on Opening Day. He should not and here is why:
- Ever since signing a 4-year, $49 million contract with Minnesota in November 2013, Nolasco has been a huge bust. In 2014, he went 6-12 with a 5.38 ERA. Last season, he was 5-2, but had an extremely high 6.75 ERA (he was injured for most of the season)! The Twins should put him in the bullpen in 2016, as he could be effective for an inning or two, but he should not start! Answer the poll below asking whether Nolasco should start in 2016!
- The Twins should instead insert Tyler Duffey into the starting rotation. In the second half of last season, Duffey basically came out of nowhere and went 5-1 with an impressive 3.10 ERA. After pitching terribly in his major league debut, Duffey didn’t lose a game. Click for more on why Duffey is ready to be a full-time starter in the majors. Do you think Duffey should start in 2016?
On Opening Day, I think the starting rotation should look like this: 1. Ervin Santana, 2. Phil Hughes, 3. Kyle Gibson, 4. Duffey, 5. Tommy Milone. The Twins could replace Milone with Jose Berrios later in the season, but Berrios should start the season in the minors. Please comment on who you think should be in the starting rotation on Opening Day and make sure to participate in the poll!
Written by: Sam Graves