Sep 24, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (45) pitches in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
In the NFL, you need a quarterback. That’s why the Minnesota Vikings barely did anything with Christian Ponder at the helm and why they look exciting with Teddy Bridgewater running the show now. The guys that throw the ball in baseball are equally as important to their sport. In baseball if you have no pitching, you have no shot at winning any ballgames. It’s the cold hard truth.
Last season, we were all welcomingly surprised by the Cy Young-caliber year that Phil Hughes supplied the Twins. We shouldn’t expect that exact season to happen again, but another solid season from the former New York Yankee is definitely in the works and should be attainable.
Ervin Santana was added to the crew and should be a solid member of the pitching staff. Santana didn’t have a great season last season with the Atlanta Braves, but he is familiar with the AL Central after spending years with the Kansas City Royals.
The Twins look to go from one solid starting pitcher to three. That’s enough incentive right there, because that means the Twins will finally be in some ballgames.
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