The Minnesota Twins are off to a rough start to the 2013 MLB season, having just an 18-26 record and currently sitting in last place in the American League Central. They have had some bright spots in the young season, but overall it’s been a rather unsightly and unsuccessful start to the year for these Twins.
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have pleasantly gotten off to nice starts this season, both hitting over .300 early on and producing runs, but the rest of their lineup hasn’t been nearly as successful, having just a .248 team batting average. However, their hitting has just been sub-par; their starting pitching over the start of the year has been atrocious in the worst kind of way.
The worst offender of their rotation has been Vance Worley, who was just optioned to Triple-A because of is horrid start to the season. In 10 starts he accrued just a 1-5 record and picked up an absolutely terrible 7.21 ERA and 1.99 WHIP. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was also at only 1.67 before he was sent down to the minors.
Their best pitcher of the season has been Kevin Correia, which isn’t saying too terribly much. In nine starts, Correia has just a 4-4 record, an ERA of 3.90 and a WHIP of 1.30, all of which currently lead the Twins. If that’s the best pitcher in your rotation, your team is probably in some major trouble.
The rest of the starting pitchers fill in the space between Correia with below average numbers, ERAs all above 4.60 and none of them with strikeouts per nine innings rates above 5.4. They have struggled to last deep into games and have struggled to do anything really effective for Minnesota this season.
Though there is room for improvement as the year goes on and young prospects likely get called up for struggling guys like Worley, it’s hard to see things improving too much for Minnesota. Even if their starting pitching gets slightly better, it’s still going to be below average, which isn’t going to win them many games.