[quote name='John Bonnes']
I'll say it again: this rotation meltdown was a surprise. We were not talking about it this offseason. I doubt we can find any threads started here in February where we sound worried about it. We shouldn't act like it was a foregone conclusion.[/QUOTE]
I had to go back and double check on this, because I know I wrote this thing last October (when Smith was still the GM) titled (go figure ) : A contrarian opinion about the Twins' Starting Pitching
, where my premise was (copy and paste) :
A lot of people in Twins territory, including fans and the press, and the Twins' management, as was referenced
in the season ticket holder press conference a few weeks ago, see starting pitching as one of the weaknesses of the 2011 team, which needs to be fixed this off-season. I examined that hypothesis, by looking at the performance of the Twins' starters in 2011 based on their on-field numbers. And the numbers disagree with that generalized belief
(and that link goes to a Phil Mackey piece describing the Twins needs in 2012 per BS, season ticket holders and his own opinion.)
So I think that I was in the minority there, thinking that the rotation was going to be ok. Problem was that who I thought should have been the anchor was traded (and he was injured all season), the number 2 guy was injured, the number 3 guy was ineffective and in the minors and Liriano and Pavano (before he got hurt) were ok as number 3-4 types.
But the general consensus was pretty bad. Still (if you remember) around spring training there was a fairly large "sign Roy Oswald" contingency in Twins' fandom....
And I am really laughing at this conclusion of part of my analysis (heck, I am hitting .500 ) :
- Blackburn and Diamond do not belong in a major league rotation.
Edited by Thrylos, 16 August 2012 - 03:34 PM.