Welcome back to the best day of the week! Another Friday, another discussion, another tough question: Which Twins starter has subverted your expectations the most so far this year, be it good or bad?
This question is particularly loaded, as it really relies on what your personal expectations were for each starting pitcher prior to the season’s start.
Maybe you expected Jose Berrios to make the leap this year, aided by a short season that wouldn’t allow for a second-half swoon. I was more in the “more-of-the-same” camp for the young righty, but unfortunately Berrios has missed the mark for even this target. He’ll have to get right, and quickly, in order to turn his season around.
How about Randy Dobnak? The spiritual successor to the Pavstache, the Dobstache has been a revelation so far this year. He still doesn’t strike anybody out, but it’s hard to argue with his ridiculous 0.90 ERA after multiple trips through the rotation. The former Uber driver could be taking a ride right to the top of the AL Rookie of the Year race (or even the Cy Young?)
I know many Twins fans were initially disappointed in the trade that sent young flamethrower Brusdar Graterol to Los Angeles. However, even though Graterol has been performing well, I think Kenta Maeda has turned around anyone who was against the trade by now. In his first real chance to be a featured starter for a full season, Maeda has been the rock of the staff. He’s looked excellent each and every time out, and looks to be a pitcher we can really trust in big games.
I think that personally, Dobnak has been the biggest surprise for me. Expecting him to be another in the Nick Blackburn-Kevin Slowey-Brian Duensing line of uninspiring number four starters to come up through the Twins system, a solid but not entirely reliable back-of-the-rotation type, he has been an absolute revelation thus far. Riding one of the best sinkers in the game, the type that a hitter can know is coming but still can’t hit, his ERA is rock-bottom. Furthermore, he has allowed one of the lowest hard-hit percentages in the league behind this excellent pitch. Can he sustain it? We’ll see.
Now it’s your turn! Let us know in the comments what your expectations were and who has bucked them the most among the Twins starters!
Which starter has bucked your expectations the most?
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