The Minnesota Twins are right in the thick of the playoff race. They are not considered a true World Series contender as of yet, so they need all the help they can get.
Right on cue, they selected Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel’s contract and will be bringing up the 35-year-old left-hander to the Twins active roster in hopes of making a meaningful impact on their pitching staff.
Keuchel’s 2015 Cy Young-winning season in Houston was nothing short of outstanding. He led the American League in wins (20), innings pitched (232), total shutouts (two), and WHIP (1.017), showcasing his dominance on the mound.
Adding to his impressive resume, Keuchel recorded a remarkable 2.48 ERA and achieved a career-high of 216 strikeouts during that remarkable season.
However, after a challenging 2022 campaign where he played for the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Texas Rangers, questions arose about Keuchel’s future in the MLB. Despite the uncertainty, the Twins have shown faith in the veteran pitcher, offering him another opportunity to prove his worth.
Meanwhile, in a separate move, 2022 breakout star Joe Ryan has been placed on the 15-day Injured List due to a groin strain. Ryan’s emergence as a star-caliber pitcher was evident last year, but he has faced challenges in the current season, posting a 4.43 ERA and 1.135 WHIP, with 152 strikeouts.
The Twins have high hopes of winning the American League Central division title, and the success of their pitching staff will be crucial in achieving that goal. While Ryan’s absence is undoubtedly a setback, the team remains optimistic about his eventual return.
Keuchel’s arrival on the roster offers a glimmer of hope for the Twins, who believe his veteran expertise and wealth of experience can positively impact the team’s performance.
As the season progresses, we’ll see how the Twins evolving pitching situation performs.
How much do you think Keuchel has left in the tank?
Can he realistically help the Twins in the postseason?
In the bigger picture, how much of a contender do you see Minnesota as?