Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 3 days ago

Nolasco allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out four over 5.2 innings, but received no decision Sunday against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco gave up a three-run homer to Nick Castellanos to end his day and erase a 5-2 lead that he was given. He's now allowed at least four earned runs in three of his last four starts to raise his ERA to 4.05 despite owning an excellent 0.99 WHIP. He'll make his next start Saturday against the White Sox.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 5 days ago

Nolasco will start Sunday against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He jumps up a day in the pecking order as Tommy Milone was bumped from the Twins' rotation in favor of Alex Meyer. Nolasco has pitched well, but he will need to continue to do so in order to keep his spot over the rest of the season, as the Twins could have some tough decisions to make when Ervin Santana and Kyle Gibson return from injury.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 week ago

Nolasco allowed four runs on five hits over 7.1 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Cleveland. He struck out nine.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco has 16 strikeouts over 14 innings in his last two starts, but four of Cleveland's five hits off Nolasco were extra-base hits as he was punished hard the few times he missed in the zone. Nolasco was otherwise excellent, as he threw 71 strikes in 102 pitches and induced 10 swinging strikes. Nolasco owns a 3.25 ERA thus far but has struggled with home runs in his Twins career; entering this season, he had allowed 25 home runs in 35 starts with a 5.64 ERA.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Nolasco (1-0) threw 6.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out seven in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 32-year-old right-hander is off to a nice start in 2016. Through his first three starts, Nolasco has a 2.66 ERA and an impressive 0.98 WHIP. It's unlikely that he will continue outpacing his career averages at such an extraordinary rate, however Nolasco has proven throughout his 10-year career that he is more than capable of being a solid fantasy contributor at times.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Nolasco did not factor into the decision in Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Angels. He surrendered nine hits, four earned runs and two walks over seven innings, while also fanning three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran righty completed seven innings for the second time in two starts, and only ran into trouble in the second inning. He surrendered all four runs in that frame off five straight hits, blowing an early 2-0 lead. He was sharp otherwise, throwing 65 of his 100 pitches for strikes while also getting first-pitch strikes on 18 of 30 batters he faced. He's yet to figure into a decision in 2016 despite his pair of solid outings, and will try to notch his first win next Thursday versus the Brewers.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Nolasco allowed one run on three hits while striking out five over seven innings, but received no decision Sunday against the Royals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The only damage Nolasco allowed was a solo homer to Mike Moustakas, but the bullpen fell apart in the ninth inning and blew a two-run lead to leave him without the well-earned victory. Although he had to earn the fifth starter spot late in spring training, he certainly pitched a gem in his first outing of the season, and he'll look to continue the momentum in his next start Friday against the Angels.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 4 weeks ago

Nolasco will have his start pushed back to Sunday for this weekend's series against the Royals, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Twins will shuffle their weekend rotation a bit, starting Ervin Santana on Friday, Tommy Milone on Saturday, and pushing Nolasco back to Sunday. Nolasco will have the unenviable task of facing a Royals lineup that knocked him out of his start after just 2.2 innings last season.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 month ago

Nolasco will begin the season as Minnesota's No. 5 starer with Tyler Duffey optioned to Triple-A Rochester, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco has a 4.05 ERA this spring with an impressive 14:5 K:BB ratio in 13.1 innings. Nolasco has struggled to stay healthy the past two years and performed terribly when on the mound, producing a 5.40 ERA and 6.7 K/9 rate over 191.2 innings. However, he could offer upside for his strikeouts (career 7.3 K/9) if he can stay healthy.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 month ago

Nolasco could win a spot in the rotation along with Tommy Milone as Tyler Duffey continues to struggle this spring, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Nolasco threw six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in Wednesday's spring training win over Tampa Bay.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco faced a lineup of mostly players set to be in the minor leagues, but was still impressive and lowered his spring ERA to 4.05 with a strong 14:5 K:BB ratio in 13.1 innings. Duffey has a 6.48 ERA in the spring and Paul Molitor indicated he may not be set for the rotation. Nolasco is likely behind Milone for the fifth starter battle, but both could make the rotation if Duffey begins the season at Triple-A.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 months ago

Nolasco gave up two runs (one earned) in five innings with six strikeouts Friday against Triple-A Pawtucket, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He had given up six runs in 7.1 innings in major league spring games.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nolasco remains in competition with Tommy Milone for the final spot in the rotation. Milone has pitched better this spring (2.00 ERA and eight strikeouts in nine innings), but Nolasco could get the nod thanks to the $25 million left on his contract.