First Impressions From Each AL Central Team
Image courtesy of © Matt Marton-USA TODAY SportsMinnesota Twins: They are who we thought they were.
Entering today the Twins are 3-1 with an offense that picked up right from 2019 and a pitching staff that seems improved. The “Bomba Squad” has already racked up the homers with Nelson Cruz leading the way. Luis Arraez is going to hit .400 and Jake Cabe has filled his role perfectly. The bullpen has been great and the starting pitching additions of Kenta Maeda, Homer Bailey, and Tyler Clippard are already paying off. First impressions are very good.
Cleveland Indians: They will be the Twins biggest rival this season.
There were questions about whether Cleveland was going to fall off and give way to the White Sox this season, but it doesn’t look like it. Shane Bieber, Mike Clevinger, and Carlos Carrasco lead an elite rotation and the lineup has done just enough to start the season 4-1. They weren’t the favorites to win the division, but they’re right up there with the Twins and in a 60 game season anything can happen.
Chicago White Sox: They are not a good team.
The Sox were everyone’s favorite “surprise pick” to go out and perform well this season. Maybe even steal the division from Minnesota and Cleveland. That’s simply not going to happen with their rotation depth. Behind Giolito and Keuchel they have Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease, and Carlos Rodon. All three of them got rocked in their first start and no one was surprised. The bullpen and lineup will perform, but will it matter?
Detroit Tigers: Playoff bound?
Ok that was a joke. The Tigers are surprisingly 3-2 after taking the opening series against Cincinnati, but their -10 run differential isn’t pretty. Former Twin C.J. Cron is off to a stellar start, but he’s possibly their best offensive weapon and wouldn’t even crack the Twins starting nine. The Detroit pitching staff is not at all built to win, but Matt Boyd and Spencer Turnbull will be worth keeping an eye on.
Kansas City Royals: This lineup is still fun
The Royals won’t be a good team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be dangerous on offense. The core four of Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi, Jorge Soler and Salvador Perez are all fun to watch and they will soon be getting Hunter Dozier back. The pitching staff has held up nicely in a few of the first five games, but how many Kansas City pitchers can you actually name off the top of your head?
AL Central Overview:
Things are going about it as expected unless you’re a White Sox fan. They look hopeless while Minnesota and Cleveland look great. Detroit and Kansas City are always just kind of hanging around.
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