There was a sentiment at the beginning of this season that, while the Twins hadn't necessarily made bold moves with their starting pitching staff, it couldn't be worse than last year. With Mike Pelfrey, Vance Worley and Kevin Correia joining the mix and other holdovers showing at least back-half-of-the-rotation promise, there was reason for hope.

 

And, well, 85 games into the season (entering Monday night's game against Tampa Bay), things are just as bad.

The Twins have an MLB-low 32 quality starts (6+ IP, 3 or fewer ER allowed). That means they are getting quality starts 37.6 percent of the time. Last year, the Twins had an abysmal 62 quality starts ... meaning they had quality starts 38.3 percent of the time.

One more statistical glimpse: Starters' combined ERA in 2012: 5.40 ... and 5.32 in 2013.

New year. Some new guys. Same result.