Santana pitched a great baseball game today! I believe it marks the start of a real trend of winning for this team. Let me explain: Our offense is ranked 5th in the American League with 46 runs scored; and I don't even think we're hitting all that great right now. We are ranked #2 pitching in the A.L. with a team ERA of 2.69. Defensively, the Twins are ranked #3 with only 3 errors. Our team also has a .636 win percentage on April 15th. Short sample size? Absolutely. A trend in the right direction? Absolutely. Worst to first this year? I've seen it happen before.
I watch a lot of baseball, mostly the Minnesota Twins. I have followed this team closely for over 30 years. I'm not a bandwagon fan nor am I a hopeless optimistic. However, based on what I am seeing now the similarities to some of our other high caliber teams in the past is intriguing.
Consider this: Buxton WILL start hitting again. Mauer will start hitting too. Berrios and Wimmers look like they have something to prove in AAA. The bullpen looks motivated too. Certainly the Manager has something to prove this year along with the new front office staff. Whether your a pessimist or not; there are a lot of positives to consider.
Will the Twins make the playoffs this year? I don't know. I will say this though: I wouldn't bet against this team. We have a lot of young players and decent veterans that aren't intimidated by early season predictions.
Sometimes ignorance of your limitations and a little confidence is all you need to be the next great champion. I love the youth on this team and the veterans around them. Great team chemistry can do some amazing things in business, baseball and bands.
To all the folks out there that made their Las Vegas sports book bets on the Twins this year...hold on to those tickets!