The departure of Jason Marquis and the addition of Cole DeVries to the Minnesota Twins rotation leaves me wondering: Who is left to start games for the Rochester Red Wings?
The Twins parted with the struggling Marquis on Monday and promoted former Gophers standout DeVries to take Marquis’ spot in the rotation. The veteran right-hander exits with an 8.47 ERA over seven starts.
With Marquis out of the picture, the Twins rotation no longer has five of the first six pitchers to make starts for the team this season. And incredibly, only one of those five missing starters is out of the rotation due to injury (Nick Blackburn). Their demotions – if you can call them that – are almost entirely performance-based.
The Twins rotation to open the season:
- RHP Carl Pavano (9 GS, 2-3, 4.91 ERA)
- LHP Francisco Liriano (9 G, 6 GS, 0-5, 8.31 ERA)
- RHP Anthony Swarzak (12 G, 3 GS, 0-3, 4.71 ERA)
- RHP Nick Blackburn (7 GS, 1-4, 8.37 ERA)
- RHP Liam Hendriks (4 GS, 0-2, 9.00 ERA)
- And eventually, RHP Jason Marquis (7 GS, 2-4, 8.47 ERA)
And the current rotation:
- LHP Scott Diamond (3 GS, 3-0, 1.40 ERA)
- RHP P.J. Walters (2 GS, 1-1, 3.65 ERA)
- RHP Cole DeVries (no stats)
- To be determined — won’t be needed until Saturday
And that’s how you end up with the worst starting pitchers’ ERA in baseball.