July 14, 2010 – I thought that it might be interesting for me to pick my all-time Twins starting 5 pitchers. It turned out to be more difficult than what I had imagined it would be. What do you rank them on? How important is durability versus intimidation for example. Were they the ace of the pitching staff that carried the team to the playoffs? The list would be different if I included pitchers that pitched for both the Senators and the Twins such as Camilo Pascual who had a stellar career and is one of my all time favorite pitchers. The first row of stats are stats with the Twins and the second row are career stats. The Twins stats for Jim Kaat do include a few games that Kaat pitched for the Senators in 1959 and 1960 and the numbers for Johan Santana include the first half of 2010.
1. Rik Aalbert (Bert) Blyleven – right handed
2. James Lee (Kitty) Kaat – left handed
3. James Evan Perry – right handed (1970 Cy Young award winner)
4. Frank John (Sweet Music) Viola – left handed (1988 Cy Young award winner)
5. Johan Alexander Santana – left handed (2004 & 2006 Cy Young award winner) still active