MLB Post All-Star Break Review: Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins appear to remain stagnant as they are set to come close to their lowly win total of 64 wins last season. They are currently 53-64 and fighting off the Chicago White Sox to keep them in the cellar and themselves in fourth of the AL Central.
The Minnesota Twins have arguably the worst rotation in all of baseball. Samuel Deduno a capable pitcher is actually the best one on the team with a 7-6 record and a 3.54 ERA. After him it goes downhill fast with two starters having an ERA of 5.00 with over a 100 innings pitched and one not far off.
Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59), Mike Pelfrey (4-10, 5.32), Scott Diamond (5-10, 5.52 ERA) along with a group of guys with bloated ERA’s to take the fifth spot help make up one of if not the worst rotations in baesball. To see an ERA below 3.00 you would have to look to the bullpen which has had more success than their starters.
Closer Glenn Perkins has been good this season making good on 28 out of 31 save opportunities and sporting a 2.35 ERA over 46 innings pitched. The bullpen also has two other capable hurlers with sub 3.00 ERA’s in Casey Fien (2-2, 2.92 ERA) and Anthony Swarzak (1-2, 2.92 ERA).
To add to the Minnesota Twins woes of having one of the worst rotations in baseball is their batting line-up which doesn’t include many good hitters outside of Catcher Joe Mauer. In fact Joe Mauer is the only hitter batting over .300 for the Twins with a .314 average, 9 home runs, and 40 RBI’s this year.
First baseman Justin Morneau who is their second best hitter with a .262 average, team leading14 homers, and 67 RBI’s was placed on revocable waiver after being brought up in trade rumors. This leaves second baseman Brian Dozier and left fielder Josh Willingham tied for a team lead 12 home runs this season.
The Minnesota Twins have a ton of work cut out for them to become competitive. They need a total overhaul of their starting pitching rotation and a few capable hitters to complement catcher Joe Mauer in their batting order.
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