For three straight years, the refrain for hopeful Twins fans has been the same: Keep waiting, help is on the way.
That can be difficult to accept, especially when few signs of progress are evident on the field. The Twins lost 99 games in 2011, and they've lost 96 in each season since. It wouldn't be too surprising if they lost 90-plus again this year.
So why watch? Fortunately, you don't have to look far to find reasons.
Letting The Kids Play
It's time for the predictions for the Twins pitching staff!
Here's the format of my stats:
ERA/K per 9/ BB per 9
Ricky Nolasco 2013: 3.70/7.4/2.1
Nolasco had a career year and cashed in with the Twins. His career ERA is 4.37 and that's 100% in the national league, and that's gonna go up with the Twins. He does have the capability to go past 6 innings, so in the end he will make the Twins more competitive.
Phil Hughes 2013:
This offseason the Minnesota Twins found themselves with the difficult task of attempting to replace something irreplaceable.
When Joe Mauer made his decision that he would not be returning to the tools of ignorance, the front office and manager reviewed their options. Internally, they were high on Josmil Pintoís bat but felt that his defense needed further refinement before being the full-time catcher. The search led them to the realization that they needed
Now that the 25 man roster is finalized for the Twins, I'm going to publish my predictions here and then analyze them at the end of the year to see if I guessed anything correctly.
-Stats I'm going to use-
Batting Average/On base percentage/HRs
C Kurt Suzuki 2013: .232/.290/5
Prediction for 2014: .240/.297/7
We all want Pinto to take over. Suzuki has severely declined over the last two years. As much as it seems like Pinto will take over, I think Suzuki
Aaron and John podcast from Freehouse and discuss the Twins final roster decisions, Kyle Gibsonís opportunity, losing Vance Worley and Alex Presley, distinctive Fanny Bay oysters, Byron Buxtonís injuries, gimpy knees, expectations for the Twins lineup, roto-bird, Aaronís new iPhone and the magic of Tinder. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Here's the breakdown:
0 Aaronís Knee
11 25-man roster
Baseball returns, and the internet trembles.
The devout among us spend our days filling our brains with bucketfuls of thoughts. When presented with a keyboard, we pour these thoughts into various molds and send them out into the world.
We find others who agree with our world views and we build ideas about why the ball moves the way it does. We create grids. We build structure. We invent games to prove we understand baseball better than baseball does.
Originally Posted by thetank
Originally Posted by Thrylos
This guy managed the Twins, Tigers, Yanks and a Athletics?