The Twins have 16 games to go and are only one game out of a playoff spot, but their starting rotation will be fluid the rest of the season. Who’s starting the rest of the way? Well, there’s …
KYLE GIBSON (10-10, 3.71 ERA IN 29 starts)
The good: Returning to early-season form, he has done well his past four starts, including outpitching White Sox ace Chris Sale on Sunday.
The bad: Had a rough post-All-Star-break stretch before that (7.22 ERA in seven starts), but he appears to be best option the Twins have right now.
MIKE PELFREY (6-9, 4.09 ERA in 27 starts)
The good: Was great for a stretch earlier in the year and has pitched particularly well at home (2.35 ERA).
The bad: He has pitched poorly on the road (5.85 ERA), but the Twins might not be able to be selective the rest of the way.
TYLER DUFFEY (3-1, 3.72 ERA in seven starts)
The good: Bouncing back after a rough debut, the rookie arguably has been the Twins’ best starter in recent weeks (2.45 ERA in his past six starts).
The bad: The Twins continue to say they are planning on keeping an eye on the 24-year-old’s workload due to his career-high 176⅔ innings.
ERVIN SANTANA (5-4, 4.55 ERA in 14 starts)
The good: Has rebounded of late to provide the Twins what they were hoping for when they signed him to a $54 million contract.
The bad: Even if he helps get the Twins into the postseason, he won’t be able to pitch in it because of this year’s PED suspension.
TOMMY MILONE (8-5, 4.08 ERA in 21 starts)
The good: After a brief stint in the minor leagues, he has mostly been a solid, consistent starter as the only lefthander in the rotation.
The bad: The past two starts have been awful — 12 runs (nine earned) on 12 hits and five walks in five innings.
PHIL HUGHES (10-9, 4.58 ERA in 24 starts)
The good: He was really good last year, and this year’s Opening Day starter had his moments in 2015 on his way to winning 10 games.
The bad: He is still tied for second in the AL in homers given up despite missing five weeks to a back injury that has derailed his season.
RICKY NOLASCO (5-1, 5.51 ERA in seven starts)
The good: After missing most of April because of elbow trouble, he went 5-0 in May as the Twins won all six of his starts.
The bad: Only one of Nolasco’s starts this year has gone at least six innings. And the Twins haven’t seen him since May 31 due to an ankle injury.