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Zips projections from ESPN 70 wins 92 losses.

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70 wins 92 losses was the consensus on the simulations from Zips. ESPN, and the bloggers from SweetSpots blogs have the prediction of the AL Central:

Tigers
Royals
Indians
Twins
White Sox

WHY AM I OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE TWINS THIS YEAR? SOMEBODY HELP ME? HELP ME TO THE FACT THAT I AM NOT THAT MUCH OF A HOMER TO THINK THE TWINS WILL WIN MORE THAN 75 GAMES, AND BE BETTER THAN THE ROYALS? Or am I crazy!?!?!?!?

The Twins are going to score runs, I think that is obvious if the Twins can stay healthy with Morneau and Mauer, they have looked good and healthy so far this spring, last 5 games Morneaus is batting .471, Mauer is batting .340 this spring. Parmalee and Hughes have been impressive this spring, interesting to see how much they play to give Mauer and Morneau breaks this year. So once again I look at the lineup, you look and see

Span
Carroll
Mauer
Morneau
Willingham
Doumit
Valencia
Casilla
Revere

This is definitely a Gardy lineup, if he can get those guys running, (Span/Revere/Casilla), we have guys who can hit the ball out of the yard, and we have guys that can walk, and get hits. Please Twins stay Healthy, I like this lineup!!!!

The pitching staff is weak, if the projections are based off of the rotation last year, there aren't many wins in this group. Liriano, Baker, Slowey, were injured last year, Duensing didn't know where he was going to be in any week, Perkins found a new spot, injuries killed the Twins like no other. As of today Pavano, Liriano, Blackburn, Marquis are healthy, Baker is up in the air, seems he could be good for opener though. If the rotation is healthy, Baker and Liriano step up to their talent level, the rotation is pretty decent, now you can go Liriano, Baker, Pavano! The back end is really up in the air, Duensing, Perk, and Capps at least have expereince and they know what is going to happen, now Duensing may be battling for Marquis', but I think either way I like him. I don't like Burnett, and or the rest of the relief. Having solid relief is really important if you have injury prone starting pitchers. This is the biggest problem with the Twins relief, if the relief doesn't get rest, they struggle. This is a very common problem in any rotation. THIS IS WHY WE PLAY THE GAMES RIGHT! I CANT WAIT TIL BASEBALL STARTS, blogs, spring training, hypotheticals, odds, I have to tell you it is fun to try to predict, fun to hope, I really want the season to start, I want to see where the Twins stand after 35 games this year. I also have a bet with the same person that I took the Brewer bet with that the Twins would be ahead of the Royals in the standings in the AL Central. Twins, please beat the Royals, if that one thing happens, I will take it. Go Twins!!
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  1. wagwan's Avatar
    If the Twins pitch .. they will contend. If they do not get starting pitching... it will be a long summer. But they will score some runs
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