It has been a surprising start to the 2013 season for the Minnesota Twins.
They are 25-29 going into Tuesday’s play while getting mediocre pitching along the way. If the Twins want to seriously consider hanging around the .500 mark for the rest of the year, the starting rotation must step up in a big way. The more important pitcher that comes to my mind is Mike Pelfrey.
Pelfrey is 3-6 with a 6.66 ERA in 11 starts. He has only two quality starts during that time and has struck out just 26 hitters in 51.1 innings. He is in definite need of a turnaround, but he’s not the only problem. Minnesota has gotten only 18 quality starts in 54 games and they are still hanging around the .500 mark. Kevin Correia is the only starting pitcher doing anything productive with his 5-4 record and 4.09 ERA. While that is also high, it is better than any other starter in the rotation.
I don’t see the Twins making any pitching moves at the deadline, but their offense probably isn’t going to be able to hold them up. Joe Mauer may be hitting .335 with a team-high 69 hits and Justin Morneau is healthy for once and leading the team with 34 RBIs while hitting .288, but there is no way of knowing how much longer Morneau will stay healthy.
Minnesota could be trading off a few pieces this summer unless the pitching picks up. The pressure is now on pitchers like Pelfrey and Vance Worley to pitch to their potential or find themselves out of town.