Hello Twins fans and it’s getting very close to spring training. In fact, pitchers and catchers report this Saturday. I thought I’d preview the 2012 Twins starting rotation.
Heading into the season, the Twins have four projected starters in their rotation that are coming off injuries this past season. Not only that, the Twins have added a newcomer to the rotation in Jason Marquis. Brian Duensing, who pitched most of last year in the rotation has been shifted to the bullpen.
Carl Pavano was the only pitcher to pitch the entire season in the Twins rotation. His 222 innings pitched led the Twins staff and he also led the staff with 33 sstarts and completed three games. He would finish the season with an ERA of 4.30, 9-13 record, 102 strikeouts and 40 bases on balls. Look for him to be the ace of the Twins staff heading into the 2012 season.
Perhaps the most successful of the Twins starters is Scott Baker. Before suffering some elbow problems in late July, he led the Twins starting staff in ERA at 3.14. He would lead the staff with 123 strikeouts and would have the only winning record of the starters at 8-6. Look for Baker to be the no. 2 starter.
Francisco Liriano last year was a mystery He would sometimes pitch good and all the sudden, he would work himself into a jam. Yet, he had perhaps the most memorable game when he pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox in early May.
Overall, he pitched to a 9-10 record with a 5.09 ERA in a season that was shortened by a shoulder injury. He fanned 112 batters and walked 75. Look for Liriano to be the No. 3 starter heading into the season.
Nick Blackburn last season struggled with consistancy especially in June and July before finally landing on the Disabled List in August with forearm soreness. He would finish the season with an ERA of 4.49, 76 strikeouts, 54 walks and a 7-10 record. Look for Blackburn to be the No. 4 starter in the rotation this upcoming season.
Jason Marquis is the newest member of the Twins starting rotation having been acquired as a free agent from the Washington Nationals. Marquis is coming off a season that was cut short by a broken bone in his leg. He had an ERA of 4.43, won 8 games and lost 6 and struck out 76 on 43 bases on balls. Look for Marquis to be the Twins no. 5 starter.
Well folks, that’s about all for you tonight. I think it’s time for me to hit the hay. I hope everyone has dreams about baseball tonight. Can you smell the fresh grass on the baseball field?