Sep 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
A season after being nothing short of a train wreck for the Twins, 2015 should be a strong bounce back year for Nolasco. He has had bad seasons previously, and knows how to mentally rebound. Pitching through injury in 2014 did him no favors, and it also shouldn’t be a worry going forward.
Nolasco will likely occupy the third slot in the starting rotation. With a career ERA in the upper 4’s, he’s a pitcher that should be expected to keep you in a game, and every once in a while, spin a gem of his own. With an improved lineup supporting him, and a fresh start with the Twins, you can expect to see a new pitcher this time around.
An innings eater, Nolasco is never going to be a dominant pitcher in any one facet of the game. I’d look for him to flip the script on his record of 2014 however. After going 6-12 a season ago, expecting Nolasco to win somewhere between 10-12 games this season is very realistic.