The period from 1959 to 1964 would see Pascual’s peak years. He would win at least 12 games every season while leading the league in complete games, shutouts, and strikeouts three times each and racking up all five of his All-Star games appearances.
However, after starting the season 8–2, injuries limited Pascual to nine relatively ineffective second-half starts and he lost his World Series matchup with Claude Osteen in Game 3. Pascual would continue to have arm problems in 1966 and would pitch only 103 innings in 21 games, both career lows.
Seeing the writing on the wall, the Twins traded Pascual and once-promising second baseman Bernie Allen on December 3, 1966, to the new Washington Senators for 35-year-old relief pitcher Ron Kline. Pascual will pitch well for 2 seasons in Washington and ultimately retire in 1971. Allen went on to play several more seasons for 3 teams.
For the Twins, this trade did not work out well, Kline who pitched well in 1967, was then traded to Pittsburgh and he had an outstanding 1968 with the Pirates. The twins received Bob Oliver in the trade who then got drafted by Kansas City. Oliver will have an 8-year career and hit as many as 27 home runs and drive in 99 runs in 1970 for a career high.
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