Twins Starting Pitching Rotation Preview

Hello Folks, Twins fest is a little more than a week away which means spring Training is just around the corner. Now that the Twins have signed Carl Pavano, I thought it is time to preview the Twins pitching rotation for the upcoming season.
Pavano will be a key pitcher in the Twins starting staff. Last season,he led the team with 17 wins and had a 3.75 ERA. Look for Pavano to lead the team in complete games again this season judging by the fact he had 7 complete games last season.
Also look for Francisco Liriano to be another key starter. He was second on the team with 14 wins with an ERA of 3.62. Look for Pavano and Liriano to be solid no. 1 and no. 2 starters respectively in the Twins rotation.
Brian Duensing will be another key pitcher for the Twins this season. In 53 appearanceslast season, he had a 10-3 record with a 2.62 ERA and made 13 starts.
The starting trio of Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey all had various issues last year. Blackburn was sent to Rochester after having several shaky starts during the season. Baker and Slowey also hiccupped at times during the season and both spent time on the disabled list. All three of these starters managed to achieve at least 10 wins. As for the starting rotation, it will probably go in this order. 1. Pavano
2. Liriano
3. Baker
4. Duensing
5. Slowey
If Duensing ends up being one of the left handed relievers in the bullpen, Slowey would be the fourth starter and Blackburn would be the fifth starter. We’ll take a look at the relieve pitching next blog.

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2 Responses to Twins Starting Pitching Rotation Preview

  1. Aj Mansour says:

    Love the blog Troy! What are your thoughts on Kyle Gibson? Tore through the minors last year and should get a look at some point this season. With Baker & Blackburn lacking confidence stemming from last year, I think that Gibson could see a considerable amount of time in the second half of the season. Hopefully we haven’t dug ourselves too deep of a whole by that time!

    Keep up the good work!

    • Well, I think there’s a chance that we could see Kyle Gibson up this season. I think that Gibson might be someone the Twins call up in September for sure. If he does get called up earlier, I think it would be because both Baker and Blackburn are having too many hiccups.

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