MINNEAPOLIS All offseason, the Twins preached the importance of bolstering a starting pitching rotation that was among the worst in baseball in 2012. Through two months of the 2013 season, Minnesota is still near the bottom of many starting pitching categories.
Prior to Thursday, Twins starters had a combined 5.64 ERA, tied with Houston for the worst in baseball. By comparison, Minnesota's rotation had a collective 5.40 ERA by the end of last season. Only Colorado's 5.80 ERA was worse.
Opponents batted .329 and slugged a remarkable .515 against Twins starters in the first 50 games prior to Thursday, both of which are easily the highest of any starting staff. The Astros are next at .304 and .502, respectively. The Chicago White Sox boast the best opponent batting average in the American League Central at a paltry .229, second-best in baseball.
Minnesota signed two veteran free agents and traded for another this past winter, but only one of the three has been reliable to date. Tha...