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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios was bad during his debut 2016 season. Actually, bad is a little too nice of a word to describe his horrendous ’16 season. Berrios had an 8.02 ERA while making 14 starts and looked completely out of place that season.
Fortunately for the Twins, it was only a minor bump in the road for Berrios. He was able to rebound nicely during the 2017 season, and looks like a future star for Minnesota. The Twins will need Berrios to repeat up his performance in 2018 if they are going to reach the playoffs.
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He was 14-8 with a 3.83 ERA while starting 25 games for the Twins last season. Berrios had 139 strikeouts with 48 walks during his very impressive bounce back season. However, he did allow 15 home runs so there is still room for growth.
What to expect from Berrios in 2018
The acquisition of Jake Odorizzi will definitely help take the stress off of Berrios this season. However, with Ervin Santana set to miss at least the first month of the season, Berrios is as important as any pitcher on the staff.
Berrios will be relied upon heavily for the Minnesota Twins during the ’18 season. With the aforementioned injury to Santana, Berrios will have to show more than he did a year ago.
As solid as he was, Berrios still needs to cut down his walk and home run numbers to prove he’s a top of the rotation pitcher. However, Berrios is already a quality starting pitcher and will only continue to get better. The Minnesota Twins pitching staff is in good shape for the future, and Berrios figures to be heavily involved.
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