Today’s starting pitchers give you a good indication of each team’s Master Plan going into the current season.

Joe Ryan is a rookie many Twins fans hope will resuscitate a starting rotation that drowned in injuries

and bad free-agent gambles last year. Robbie Ray won the AL Cy Young with Toronto last year.

The Twins, hoping for a deep playoff run, made a even deeper run to the bottom of their division;

Seattle, hoping to be mediocre, won 90 games and somehow still missed the postseason.

Obviously, Ray is expected to help Seattle push Houston for the AL West’s top spot. Last year,

Ray led the league in ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched, and WHIP. 

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The 30-year-old lefthander relied almost exclusively on a 95-ish fastball and high-80s slider to do so.

Both are listed on FanGraphs as reaching a higher average velocity than Mr. Robbie had ever achieved before.

It’s hard to imagine him continuing to reach new career-bests,

Mariners at Twins