When the present looks bleak, the easiest escape route is to look to the future.
Without much exaggeration, the 2009 Minnesota Twins starting rotation has been the most disappointing in recent history. Three of the original five starters (Kevin Slowey, Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins) are currently on the disabled list and most wouldn't be surprised if they remained shut down for the rest of the year.
With the lowest of expectations, one would expect a few pitchers next year to, as my colleague Marty Andrade put it, "catch the competency virus, right?"
Here are who I think will occupy the starting rotation of the Twins as they open next year in the new Target Field. Odds are they'll be more impressive than the bunch we've fielded this season.