2012 was a bit of a bummer for just about anybody taking the mound for the Minnesota Twins. The pitching staff struggled at best—putting up a cumulative 4.77 ERA (5.40 for starters). They gave up the most hits (1,536) and the second-most runs (832) en route to an abysmal 66-96 finish in the American League Central.
For a Twins team that has always prided itself on the fundamentals of pitching and defense, 2012's outcome left little to be desired.
It's obvious to say changes needed to be made before this core of players could contend in 2013.
This offseason the Twins netted starting pitchers Vance Worley, Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Rich Harden. While it may seem like a big difference, health and durability will most likely play a role for the oft-injured group. Take into account that three of the four are transitioning from the National League and the outlook seems a little more unfavorable.
But there is still a bit of hope. Scott Diamond and Vance Worley should be a reliable pair at the top of the rotation and other youngsters like Kyle Gibson may find success at the major league level.
So how does the Twins staff stack up to the others in the A.L. Central? Since pitching wins ballgames, let's take an in-depth look at this division's rotations—from best to worst, pitcher by pitcher.