Do the Minnesota Twins have enough starting pitching?
By Chris Schad
The Minnesota Twins downfall in 2019 was accelerated by the lack of options for the starting rotation, but did they fix the problem heading into 2020?
When fans look back on the 2019 version of the Minnesota Twins, there will be a lot of great memories. Fans may remember the 307 home runs the Twins clobbered over the course of the season or maybe the red-hot start that the Twins got off to in April and May to get a sizeable lead in the American League Central.
But for every positive that Twins fans can come up with, there was one key flaw that left a bad taste in their mouth. That would be a lack of starting pitching as a majority of the rotation hit the wall after July and left the Twins piecing together a playoff rotation like a baseball version of Frankenstein.
After things really got terrifying in an ALDS sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, the Twins entered the offseason with the goal of acquiring impact pitching. Nearly four months later, Minnesota added some new faces to its rotation, but never hooked the big fish to put itself over the top, which is cause for concern heading into spring training.
With the Twins starting rotation seemingly set (barring a big deal before opening day), it’s fair to analyze the current state of the starting five and whether President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine did enough to set themselves up for success in 2020.