Posted by: gravessack | June 18, 2017

Twins Pitching A Concern

The Twins are doing better than many expected so far in 2017 (although they just got swept by Cleveland). Ervin Santana has emerged as the ace of the starting rotation, as he is 8-4 with a 2.56 ERA. Jose Berrios, after a rocky start to his major league career, is pitching well this season. However, the rest of the starting rotation (and the bullpen) is a different story.

Starting Rotation

After Santana and Berrios, there is a dramatic drop-off in terms of talent in the starting rotation. This past series against Cleveland was a good example of that. Because of injuries, rookie pitchers started for the Twins in each of the first three games. Nik Turley, basically unknown before coming to the major leagues June 11, allowed eight runs in just 4 2/3 innings! Turley is 0-1 in two major league starts with a 12.46 ERA!

Adam Wilk, another basically unknown pitcher, started the second game and allowed six earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings! Wilk was designated for assignment after the game! Adalberto Mejia started the third game and pitched better, lasting 4 2/3 innings (there was a rain delay) while giving up two runs. However, Mejia has been inconsistent so far in the majors.

Even when everyone in the starting rotation is healthy, it is still shaky. Hector Santiago began 2017 pitching well, but then faded and is now hurt. Phil Hughes is hurt and appears not to be coming back anytime soon. Kyle Gibson, who was one of the Twins’ top prospects about five years ago, has been ineffective and has a 6.56 ERA (he lost the series finale to Cleveland).

Bullpen

For much of the season, the Twins bullpen has been bad. Probably the biggest bullpen collapse this year was on May 29 when the bullpen blew an 8-2 eighth-inning lead and lost the game 16-8! Even the closer, Brandon Kintzler, has been shaky at times. The Twins have the worst bullpen ERA in the majors in 2017 (5.29)

What the Twins Need to Do

For the Twins to stay in the AL Central race, they need to get rid of multiple relievers, especially Matt Belisle. Belisle has a 7.56 ERA. Ryan Pressly also should go. He has an 8.18 ERA. The Twins also need to acquire at least one starting pitcher before the trade deadline July 31. Minnesota could trade Santiago or even Gibson if any teams wanted them.

If this team wants to surprise everyone by making the playoffs, they must improve the pitching!

Written by: Sam Graves

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