Twins need some relief
The Twins are back in the AL Central race, and have somehow done it despite a relief corps that has compiled a disgusting 5.01 ERA.
If the Twins are serious about actually staying in the race, they're going to have to do something about those relievers — the middle ones especially.
We've seen enough of the likes of Alex Burnett and his 6.75 ERA (not much better over his career, at 5.81). Jose Mijares has been little better, with a 5.49 ERA despite plenty of natural ability.
Hoping that these two and a couple of others come around won't cut it anymore. A trade or two to acquire relief help needs to happen, as does getting Kevin Slowey healthy enough to throw relief and Anthony Swarzak to go from spot starter to permanent reliever.
Starting pitching has been solid for Minnesota. But it's a slug to the stomach when 3-1 leads are lost in an instant in the seventh and eighth innings. This team has too much talent and promise to not give itself a full chance and acquire a couple more reliable arms.
— Pat Ruff