I'm sure I'm not alone in being frustrated with the slow rebuilding process, but as an optimist, I always look for an excuse to hope. I knew our starting staff was historically miserable last year, so I decided to compare how our staff is this year. Then I decided to go on a wild goose chase. Whoops!
Here is a link to the SP lines for each year since 2010 for the Twins. The first thing I noticed was how shudderingly awfur the last two years were. Our starters did not pitch 900 innings. They didn't notch 40 wins. And of course team ERA of 5.26 and 5.40 just make me sad (along with the 2.8 and 4.7 total WAR. You read that right. Starting pitching team WAR of 2.8 in 2012.)
Here's why I was happy when I looked at it. This year we are back on pace to pitch more than 900 innings. The 5.93 k/9 ratio is the best since 2010. The 2.39 bb/9 ratio is the best since 2010. The staff has already accumulated 7.6 WAR, to go along with an ERA (barely) under 5. The 4.19 xFIP is better than most years, and significantly better than the last 2. And it looks like the staff is only getting stronger.
In the last 30 days, our starters have 6.35 k/9, 2.00 bb/9, 4.07 xFIP, and 1.9 WAR.
And reinforcements have not yet arrived!
When we trim the remaining fat and replace them with budding prospects, we could be getting back to the heyday of Twins pitching (see 2005 - 2007). Can't wait!