When Twins coaches debated who to pick as their Opening Day starter, there wasn’t much of a debate. The Twins told right-hander Jose Berríos he will start March 28 against the Cleveland Indians.
“Our staff did spend some time talking about it, just to make sure to hear different opinions,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “In this instance, there wasn’t a ton of discussion. Everyone was basically just happy for him. I think everyone feels not just comfortable with it, but excited for him.”
It’s the first time Berrios, 24, has been tabbed the Opening Day starter.
“I want to pitch that day,” Berríos said. “We’ve got a really good group. I believe in all of the people here in the clubhouse, but I’m putting in all of my effort to be ready for that day.”
Jake Odorizzi got the nod a year ago; before that it was departed right-hander Ervin Santana.
Berríos was a a first-time All-Star in 2018 and finished the season with a 3.84 earned-run average in 32 starts.
“It definitely is a badge of honor, and it’s definitely something that’s very meaningful (to Berrios),” Baldelli said.