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2012 Starters: 37-67, 5.49 ERA. 2012 Relievers: 23-17, 3.78 ERA. .278 BAA total, 173 HR allowed.
2011 Starters: 46-71, 4.64 ERA. 2011 Relievers: 17-28, 4.51 ERA. .281 BAA total, 161 HR allowed.
Rick Anderson, the pitching coach of the Minnesota Twins, has presided over some of the best years we have witnessed here in Twins territory as far as pitching with Johan Santana's Cy Young awards and some of the worst in recent history.
While it is indeed true that since joining the Twins in 2002 that the team's collective ERA has dropped and walks have dropped, the last two years have seen a serious decline in the quality of Twins' pitching and the pitchers themselves.
The age old mantra of "pitch to contact" for the Twins no longer seems to be fooling anyone in MLB. Quite frankly, I'm sure some teams look forward to hitting against us. The Twins' pitchers are surrendering more home runs than anyone this season except Toronto.
This year, the Twins rank dead last in the AL in pitching. 2011 they were second to last in the same category.
The adoption of the "pitch count" and the monitoring of said count seems to reign supreme with the pitching staff. Twins starters rarely make it into the late innings and if they do, it is even rarer to see them go for a complete game. Whether it be by the design of bean counters watching pitch counts or by poor conditioning, it is Anderson's responsibility.
What They Need: The pitching corps has grown stagnant. To breath some new life in to this group of pitchers, the Twins need a new face to head up our hurlers. Bert Blyleven would bring some fire and toughness to a group that seems to lack both.