The Minnesota Twins are set to open up Target Field for the 2015 season today against the Kansas City Royals. Taking the hill for the Twins will be 25-year-old pitcher, Trevor May.
The right-hander was called up from Triple-A to take Ricky Nolasco‘s spot in the rotation after the veteran pitcher landed on the disabled list. May was in a battle during spring training for the final spot in the Twins starting rotation before losing that battle to Tommy Milone. With Nolasco on the DL, May has a chance to prove he belongs.
May started nine games for the Twins last season going 3-6 with a 7.88 earned run average. The numbers don’t show it, but, May improved during his final five starts.
During May’s first four starts he failed to pitch into the fifth inning three times. In his first two starts he struggled with his control, issuing 11 walks. During his first start May lasted just two innings. He walked seven batters and gave up four runs.
In his final five starts, May went 3-2 and looked more comfortable on the mound. His best outing came against the Chicago White Sox in September. May pitched six innings, giving up three runs and striking out a career-high, ten batters.
May made his second career start against the team he’ll be facing today in the Twins home opener. May gave up three runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings against the Royals.
While May’s first stint in the Twins rotation was far from impressive, he has a chance to write a new chapter today. Just like he showed improvements during his final five starts last season, something tells me May will show improvements during his second stint with the Twins. Those improvements start today at Target Field against the Royals.
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