Vance Worley's First Season with Minnesota Twins Will Be a Rocky One

By Devin O'Barr
Vance Worley, Minnesota Twins,
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The Minnesota Twins poured in one of the worst seasons in franchise history last year with just 66 wins. Now, the Twins will look to Vance Worley to lead a pitching staff that definitely is not worthy of winning the AL Central in 2013.

In my mind Worley is a three starter at best in the MLB and the fact that the Twins are willing the to give him opening day honors doesn’t make too much sense to me. Surely this isn’t Worley’s fault at all but it’s on those in the Twins management who refuse to give top money to starting pitchers.

With Kyle Lohse, a 16 game winner in 2012, dangling on the free agent wire the Twins still are going to ride with Worley?

The former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher had a career-worst 4.20 ERA in 2012 and won six games as opposed to the 11 he notched in 2011.

Worley was stellar in 2011 with a 3.01 ERA and lost just three games in 25 starts–hopefully he can get back to that kind of production.

With Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau starting the season 100% healthy for the first time in quite some time, the optimistic Twins’ fans are hoping to see both of these stars rebound in 2013. I believe this offense will have a better season this year as Josh Willingham is also productive as can be in the middle of that lineup.

However, you can’t compete in any division without serviceable pitching and the Twins lack experience and talent in the rotation. Worley could completely surprise me come April, but with little to no support from fellow starters and the bullpen it will be an uphill battle all summer long.

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