NONE of the Twins pitchers pitched deep into games....some didn't make it past inning 3....I looked for stats to back this up, but couldn't., only found that the average start in MLB was 5.98 innings per start...someone more tech savvy than myself probably can find the Twins pitchers stats on this...I just know that I was extremely frustrated last year with the # of innings that our bullpen had to pitch because the starters couldn't hang in there. I also remember what the projected staff was SUPPOSED to be last year at this time, and what it ended up to be, were TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS. It's early, lots of stuff can and will happen, but I like Cole's attitude and I wish him the BEST!! Good luck!
I was struck with a sense of dread by your metaphor, "Rotate the characters?" For 2013 it sounds like the Twins re-arranged the deck chairs on the General Belgrano.**
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The whole rotation is an if then rotaion of scenarios.
If Diamond is healty he will start
If Pelfry is healthy he will start
If Corriea can be effective he will continue to start and will be a default starter to open the season unlessor until he proves otherwise.
If Gibson starts the season at AAA he will eventually make the team this year at some point or he will start the season with the team and be shut down.
If Harden can start he will be up around the all star break and take a spot (Corrieas?)
If Hendricks can hold it together he can start if not he'll be back at AAA a lot faster then last year as we have more options this year.
I could keep going but i will make this prediction that the 6th and 7th starters will make 30 starts this season.
I see DeVries getting 10-20 starts and 20-30 long relief appearances this year.
Look, a better way to approach the whole damn thing is probably in terms of figuring out the division of the 162 starts. This is more important than who, what, where, and why.
So here goes:
On Chick, I hope you're overshooting it a bit, as the Twins ultimately come to realize what Pitt figured out last year.
On Hendriks, you're as optimistic as me (keeping all fingers crossed).
On Harden, you're trying to remain optimistic about that Lotto ticket in your pocket.
On Gibson, you're less optimistic than me, I'm hoping for 18-20.
On Pelfrey, I wish it was 18- at the deadline- and on an unprecedented TJ Miracle Comeback story, making him a valuable asset to acquire a prospect (I used up all my fingers on my Hendriks wish, so not holding my breath on this one).
Speaking of optimism, you forgot about Gardy's boundless optimism for Duensing, who is thus "bound" to get a 10 appearance SP run- to ineptitude- just shortly after showing quite well as the 3rd best BP option.
On DeVries, you could just as well make the category, "DeVries and the Rest" as Blackie ( he is likely due for a Nishi-like farewell tour at some point in '13), Deduno and Walters are bound to give us a trip down the 2012 nostalgia lane at some point in 2013, with Raffie Perez getting a make-up-game DH start, thus fulfilling that pre-season, "stop the presses", Rob Antony oh-so-eager ("he's fully healthy!") optimism.