September 23, 2021

The Minnesota Twins Need to Make a Pitching Splash (Baseball Essential)

If the Minnesota Twins are going to escape the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2002, they need to make a splash on the pitching market this offseason.

The Twins are coming off a 101-win season that included them winning the American League Central for the first time since 2010. Their success was highly generated by an electric offense.

With the likes of Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario, Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler, Mitch Garver, Miguel Sano, and Marwin Gonzalez, among others, in place, manager Rocco Baldelli has a formidable offense from top-to-bottom. Last season they had eight consistent rotation players post an OPS of .800 or higher. Collectively, the Twins were first in Major League Baseball in home runs (307) and total bases (2,832) and second in runs (939), hits (1,547), batting average (.270), and OPS (.832).

Statistically speaking, the Twins sported a reliable starting rotation. At the same time, certain pitchers overachieved in the first half of the season.

Throughout the bulk of his career right-hander Jake Odorizzi has found success as a groundball pitcher and went into 2019 with a career 3.95 ERA. After a June 9 start against the Detroit Tigers,…

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