BOSTON — Dylan Bundy started his 2022 season with a gem of a start — five solid innings on one hit, completely silencing the Seattle Mariners offense. His follow-up act was also very good.
When Bundy left on Monday, the veteran pitched 5 1/3 innings of a run against a good Boston Red Sox offense, helping lead the Twins to an 8-3 victory Monday at Fenway Park. In the process, he lowered his ERA for the season to 0.87.
With the Twins (4-6) just 10 games into their season and it’s still far too early to draw any meaningful conclusions about Bundy — or their starting rotation as a whole — the Twins are content. from what they saw.
“All of us are hungry to go out there and compete. Also compete against each other,” Bundy said. “Any time you can kind of compete with the starting staff, that makes each of us better. That’s what we have to move forward.
In 10 games, the Twins’ starters posted a 2.96 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), which as of Monday afternoon was second in the majors behind the New Mets. York. Bundy’s departure followed a strong performance by Bailey Ober a day earlier in which the right-hander pitched six innings and allowed no earned runs (two unearned).
There’s also been a lot to like about the rest of the rotation, who entered the season with a bunch of question marks but helped carry the Twins early on, keeping games close and giving the team a chance to win daily. base. The Twins started the season with a six-man rotation, but recently went back to five after placing Sonny Gray on the disabled list.
“They’re all throwing strikes,” receiver Gary Sánchez said. “Hits from the first pitch, getting on the batters, attacking the batters in general. They are all doing a great job so far.
Byron Buxton only saw the field for one game in Boston — the game in which he aggravated his knee to lead the series — but the Twins and their center fielder leave Boston optimistic about how he feels. Manager Rocco Baldelli said on Monday morning he believed the Twins would come to a point within a day or two where they were discussing a specific plan to bring Buxton back on the pitch.
“We want him to feel good,” Baldelli said. “We’re not trying to bring it back for a day or two so we can get to a place where we have that conversation again. We’re doing our best to make sure he’s ready to go when he comes back.
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Due to scheduling conflicts with the Timberwolves and Wild, the Twins will be kicked out of their television and radio homes, Bally Sports North and WCCO Radio, on Tuesday when they face the Kansas City Royals at 7:10 p.m.
The game will instead air on CW Twin Cities and can be found on radio on the Treasure Island Baseball Network and 102.9 FM The Wolf as well as on the Audacy app. The Twins will return to their traditional stations on Wednesday.