Berrios (1-2) allowed four earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four across 5.1 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Royals. Berrios allowed five baserunners and three earned runs through three innings. He appeared to settle in after that, though he was tagged again in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Maikel Franco. Berrios continued to have trouble finding the strike zone, increasing his walk rate to 4.0 BB/9 across 20.1 innings this season. Berrios will look to get on track in his next start, currently scheduled for Saturday in a rematch against Kansas City.
Berrios (1-1) earned the win Tuesday versus the Pirates after allowing one run on four hits over six innings. He had six strikeouts and three walks. The right-hander had a rough start to the season as he allowed five runs Opening Day, but he surrendered only three runs on seven hits over his past two outings. Berrios has a 4.80 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 13:6 K:BB through three starts this season, and he next lines up to pitch Sunday at Kansas City.
Berrios (0-1) took the loss in Thursday's matchup against Cincinnati, hurling five innings and allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Berrios' second start of the season was a vast improvement over his initial outing, during which he gave up five runs across four innings. However, the right-hander was overmatched by a dominant Shane Bieber and handed his first loss of 2020. Berrios was pulled after five innings due to racking up a hefty 96 pitches, though the only real damage against him was a third inning home run off the bat of Francisco Lindor. Berrios will look for his first win of the campaign Tuesday when he faces Pittsburgh at home in his next scheduled start.
Berrios did not factor into the decision against the White Sox on Friday, throwing four innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out one. Berrios had no issue getting the ball over the plate -- 52 of his 75 pitches were strikes -- but he struggled deceiving Chicago hitters, registering only one strikeout while giving up three extra-base hits in his four innings of work. Yoan Moncada was responsible for much of the damage, setting up Chicago's first run with a double in the first inning and torching Berrios for a three-run homer in the following frame. The consolation for Berrios is that opposing starter Lucas Giolito was knocked around even more frequently, allowing Minnesota to emerge with the win and Berrios to walk away with a no-decision. The right-hander will look for a more effective outing when he faces off against St. Louis on Wednesday in his next scheduled start.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli announced Berrios will start Opening Day against the White Sox on July 24, MLB.com reports. Berrios will throw in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage as his last outing before the start of the regular season. He threw 73 pitches Monday and has looked sharp in summer camp.