It's 2014. Wha' da ya think?
Here's my take and I'm sorry it's so down.
lKubel, Bartlett and Willingham, each has a major role to play with the Twins this year as our favorite team makes an attempt to once again be able to hit its way out of a paper bag. Each is past their prime and is coming off one or more very disappointing years. What is the likelihood of a turnaround for any of these players? Probably not very high. But I am hoping.
In addition the remainder of the lineup has demonstrated an inability to be productive. No one on the roster hit 20 HR's last year in the majors. There are three hopes for production on the team. Pinto, Collabello and Arcia. But each if these is effectively a rookie and, of these, only Arcia is likely to start.
It will be very interesting, if the offense is as bad as it could very well be, to see how the team reacts. Do they drop experienced players who demonstrate that they are not getting "IT" back? Do they make a move to youth? Do they make a move at the skipper level? I certainly do not have any recommendations, but our beloved Twins have the potential to get off to a very bad start.
Perhaps we should hope that our revised starting rotation can each have a Cy Young year. Yeah, that's the ticket. Maybe we enjoy our move toward another top 5 draft pick and burn up our MILB subscription enjoying our great prospects in the Minors.