Ahhh, the pandemic!! It’s meaning to you is varied, personal and diverse. One thing I believe the nation is ready for is baseball! Let’s get the bats cracking and baseball humming. As MLB firms up its abbreviated spring season, sorting out all the COVID wrinkles, the Minnesota Twins are built for a season of this diversity. This team was assembled to win this year so let’s hope starting the season is a Twins blessing. Let’s take a look why. Before we dive into specifics, let’s look at intangibl
1) The infield defense is slightly suspect and below average. -Sano, Arraez and Polanco all have below average defensive stats 2) Jake Odorizzi and Jose Berrios prove to be below average front line starters. Yes they've proven themselves as #3's. Can they repeatably beat other teams 1's and 2's? 3) Byron Buxton is delayed and/or hurt again 4) Mitch Garver and the rest of the offense return to normal temperature instead of red hot 5) Injuries- This applies to any team but 5 starters (Sano, Cruz,
It was all worked out. The Twins, Dodgers and Red Sox were all satisfied. The Twins receiving the solid 3rd pitcher they needed in Kenta Maeda. The Red Sox were dumping heavy salary for rising prospects. The Dodgers were going all in on the win now season. Than the Red Sox got either embarrassed, cold feet or greedy. The excuse that they didn't know Twins prospect Brusdar Graterol wasn't projected as a starter is a very poor one. It was common knowledge. The Red Sox counter saying they needed an
As we revel in our Holiday cheer I couldn’t help but have some Twins hopes of Christmas sugar plums in sweet free agent pitching signings. Sugar plums would have been the signing of a front line starting pitcher like Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel or the like. But in Twins fashion they delivered a lump of coal. The Twins went back to the old boneyard to find free agents who maybe have some magic left in the old black hat Frosty found. The Twins Holiday gift was wrapped in 2 formerly proven bu
If the Minnesota Twins are going to the boneyard for starting pitchers why not plunge deep. I proclaim it the year of the reclamation project for the Twins. Let me propose Matt Harvey as a candidate. Pros * He still has averaged nearly 6 K’s per game * He has zero leverage and should be very cheap. A 1 year $2M with incentives up to $10M may land him * He needs to do well and is motivated to continue his career. * At age 30 he still should have more productivity left in him * It may be trivial,
Twins FO is most directly to blame for the team's woes this season so far. Granted, some of Baldelli's moves have been questionable to darn right mind boggling, but the FO has done nothing in ways to provide him with any alternatives. It's been like a carousel of pitches from the minors to the majors of young pitchers. And the bullpen put together at season's start proved to be inadequate quite early.
No effort was seen by the fans from the FO to improve the bullpen. No trades or even a signing of a free agent pitcher, not signed during during this past off season. I know, it sounds fruitless to try and find someone, but at least it would show the fans that the FO was trying.