Key Series Coming Up
Posted 11 June 2014 - 06:26 PM
Back to the Kitties. Miggy and V-Mart are two of the very best hitters in baseball. Everyone else on the Tigers, not so much. Kinsler is the third best hitter and his OPS is 200 points below Miggy and V-Mart. Except for shortstop, the Tigers have respectable, but not outstanding starters at the rest of the positions. The rotation is strong, but the Twins miss a diminished Verlander and a really good Scherzer. The bullpen is a mess, but they got to get to it, so maybe forcing a lot of pitches will be a good thing.
Posted 11 June 2014 - 06:39 PM
You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.
Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:43 PM
I think that if the Twins get thru these games, with around a .500 record, they will be contenders for the Wild Card into September.
Agreed. It's between now and the All-Star game that we have to stay close, and thankfully the Tigers have come back to the rest of the division. Get past that and we'll see if we are buyers or sellers.
Posted 12 June 2014 - 06:58 AM
They are definitely still in the thick of the race for the division, and a good showing against the Tigers (and the Red Sox) could move the Twins up significantly in standings.
Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:04 AM
Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:49 AM
Just my opinion, but the Twins need to be several games UP in the WC race come ASB time. And the Tigers will get around to rolling through the Central eventually. They ran off a bunch of wins earlier this season, then lost a bunch. I'm guessing the former is their most likely outcome given their roster.
I think the Tigers are going to struggle if Verlander doesn't get back on track, and at this point, something seems to be wrong with him. I don't think he's getting back to his elite level. The Tigers should still be favorits to win the division, but I think they are going to be an over-priced team that hovers just over mediocrity most of the season. I wouldn't be surprised if the winner of the AL Central once again is a team that would have missed out on a Wild Card opportunity had they not won their division.
Posted 12 June 2014 - 02:41 PM
I'm going to the Red Sox game on Monday and possibly Tuesday, chalk up at least one loss for that.
I wonder if the Twins (or really any MN team) could get a restraining order against you from appearing within a half a mile from any of their games. Would be worth investigating.
Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:16 AM
Can't reasonably hope for the Twins to make a push this season. Next year is a much better possibility with Sano, Rosario, Meyer, and May likely to be spending a lot of time with the Twins. Vargas, Buxton, Berrios not very far behind.
Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:35 AM