Sunday morning, Twins manager Paul Molitor said the Twins will need to make decisions on who will start on Thursday and Saturday.
I say the Twins should do a lot of due diligence and research and then choose Jose Berrios for one of those spots.
Hector Santiago will start Tuesday. Phil Hughes will start Wednesday. Nick Tepesch is most likely to get the start on Thursday. Not because he is viewed optimistically but because the Twins have few other attractive options and want to give him the benefit of the doubt after a fielding mistake opened the floodgates on Saturday.
I don't think Tepesch should get another start, but I agree that the Twins don't have great options.
If Tepesch starts on Thursday, the Twins' big decision will involve choosing a starter for Saturday.
I don't know how it can be anyone other than Berrios.
Adalberto Mejia impressed this spring but has been terrible since, in both the big leagues and at Triple A. Berrios is by far the best pitcher and option at Triple A. He has a 1.09 ERA entering today and would be well-rested if his next start is Saturday.
The Twins are right to worry that Berrios has failed to make his stuff translate in the big leagues before. But he's going to have to learn to adapt to the big leagues at some point, and there is no guarantee that a long run of success at Triple A will help him do so.
I'm not predicting great success for Berrios. I'm just saying he's the only logical, palatable option at this point.
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