Minnesota Twins: 5 questions for the Twins heading into September
By Chris Schad
Can the Twins fix Jose Berrios?
While Buxton has impressed in 2019, something has just seemed off with one of the Twins other young stars. Jose Berrios started the season as the Twins’ Opening Day starter, but even as he got off to a fast start, he didn’t show the flashes of dominance that made many declare him the team’s ace.
Berrios still made the All-Star team for the second consecutive season as an injury replacement, but the bottom dropped out shortly after he represented the American League and has turned into a terrible month of August.
In five starts last month, Berrios did not look the part of an ace, going 1-2 with a 7.57 ERA. To emphasize his struggles, opposing hitters were hitting .333 off the right-hander and slugging at a .556 clip with six home runs. All of which have made Twins Territory wonder what is wrong with Berrios.
As the Twins go into the final month, they need to have their ace back. The starting rotation struggled as a whole in the month of August, but the Twins can’t continue relying on Michael Pineda to be their best pitcher. If Berrios can turn the ship around in September, the Twins will have a much better chance as they head into an October push.