THE ROTATION WILL BE GOOD, NOT GREAT, BUT BETTER
There were some serious signs of improvement for the Twins’ rotation last season. The ERA went down but the strikeouts were still not there.
Santana had a rough set of outings during his shortened seasons but really came along in the final month as he found his stride. With a full Spring Training and, hopefully, a shorter gap than 80 games between the spring and his regular season debut, Santana should be ready to go.
Another plus for the Twins will be a full season of Tyler Duffey in the rotation. Duffey played an integral part in the Twins’ race for a postseason berth as he added some much needed stability to the staff.
With Berrios potentially being added to the rotation, Phil Hughes looking strong so far this spring after an injury-plagued season and Kyle Gibson looking to improve on his exceptional 2015 season, the Twins’ rotation may continue its upward trend.
Strikeouts, however, are still elusive. Duffey and Gibson both have the “stuff” to become strikeout pitchers but until they show they can be capable of that; the Twins will look to some of their veteran staffers to do so.
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