Starter No. 4: Jose Berrios
Is there a possibility that Jose Berrios turns it around and is higher on this list by October? Of course. Would the Twins throw him out there the way that he’s been pitching in August? Absolutely not.
It’s safe to assume that Berrios’ presence on the roster was one of the reasons why the Twins didn’t make a major trade at the deadline. However, the Twins ace has struggled in the month of August, posting an ERA of 8.44 in four starts.
One of the biggest storylines for the rest of the season will be to figure it out, but by projecting the rotation as we sit here now, the Twins would be reluctant to throw him on the mound in a pressure situation. In fact, if Berrios keeps pitching the way he has, there’s a slim chance that the Twins could decide to use him in case of an emergency in the bullpen.
That being said, Berrios probably has the most talent of anyone on the pitching staff and it would be in the Twins’ best interest if they can get him going again. His fastball lost velocity for a couple of starts, but climbed back up to 94 MPH in his last start against Detroit on Friday night.
Mix in that Berrios has looked like a dominant ace at times this season (think the early part of the year) and there’s still a chance Berrios can be counted on in October.