MINNEAPOLIS When the Minnesota Twins announced earlier this month that right-hander Scott Baker would miss the entire 2012 season after having elbow surgery, Twins general manager Terry Ryan made a proclamation about his team's starting rotation.
"Our big issue has not been pitching," Ryan said back on April 11. "We haven't hit too much. Our pitchers have done a relatively decent job here."
Two weeks later, the opposite holds true. The Twins havebeen scoring more runs than they were when Ryan uttered that statement, but the starting pitching has put the offense behind early and often.
Through Tuesday, Minnesota's rotation had a combined record of 2-10 and an ERA of 6.73, which were both dead last in the majors. Things didn't get any better Wednesday against the Red Sox, as right-hander Liam Hendriks gave up seven runs in four innings to bring the rotation's combined ERA to 7.09 on the season. The second-worst rotation ERA in the majors is Boston, whose starters have an ERA of 5...