Minnesota Twins: Projecting the Twins’ potential postseason rotation

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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins pitches in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 17, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins pitches in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 17, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Starting pitcher Michael Pineda #35 of the Minnesota Twins delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 27: Starting pitcher Michael Pineda #35 of the Minnesota Twins delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Starter No. 1: Michael Pineda

When the Twins signed Michael Pineda during the winter of 2017, nobody knew what to expect from the right-hander coming off his second lost season due to Tommy John Surgery. Knowing that he would have to spend the entire 2018 season rehabbing his injury, the Twins signed him to a two-year deal betting he would regain his form this season.

While Pineda hasn’t been dominant, he’s been one of the most effective players on the Twins’ staff recently. With a five-inning, one-run start against the White Sox on Tuesday night, Pineda is now 10-6 with a 4.16 ERA on the season giving the Twins efficiency and effectiveness.

Throwing Pineda on the mound in Game 1 isn’t exactly a dream scenario for Twins fans, but at this moment, it’s the best they have. In a perfect world, Jose Berrios would find his form and be the Twins top starter, but as we stand here now, it’s not a given.

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Of course the Twins would have loved to have added an arm, but it didn’t happen. Now they must hope that this group of pitchers has enough to make a deep October run.

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