Thursday, April 3, 2008

How Do We Gauge A Team We Know Nothing About?

By TwinsWin83

This will be one of the shortest posts I will ever make because I’m not exactly sure what I’m writing about to begin with. We are three games into this MLB season and I come to you a completely baffled Twins fan. As we sit the Twins are 1-2, but with that record comes so many questions that it makes the average fans head spin.

Opening night ended with an optimistic overtone none-the-less (and we can thank Mike for pointing that out). But since that BIG March win what have we learned? The offense was supposed to be the teams strong-point this season (and would in turn make up for our inexperienced starting rotation). Yet, the team has scored four runs over its first 27 innings. Blackburn looked great tonight and that in itself is a big positive but where are the bats?

If I had to give a review of this team over the first three games I would give a very pessimistic oversight. Our infield looks suspect and it seems as if no one knows where their place is. We were told that the changes at 2nd, SS and 3rd were going to be defensively sound choices yet with everyday ground balls it feel like they are anything but routine when they are displaced to our new additions.

Now I will forever support the ballclub in Minnesota, but I am continually getting the feeling that this is not a Twins team like we have come to love and respect over the last decade. If the defense, bullpen, starting pitching and offense is not there what are we left with?

It is time for the offense to step up or this is going to be a long season.

Sorry for the negative post but all the new faces have me scrambling to find a constant among this team. Morneau, Cuddyer and Mauer have yet to step up and lead this young team.



Jim H. said...

If defense, starting pitching, hitting, and the bullpen ar all suspect, what are we left with?

Ummmm...TC Bear? Bert Freakin' Blyleven babbling incoherently?

Warm, weak, expensive beer?

2010 can't come soon enough.

Daymonster said...

That morneau play was pretty bad ass though.

TwinsWin83 said...

sorry of all the negativity...I was just in a crummy mood after what I thought was a crummy loss. I know its too early in the season to make snap judgements but it just seems like there are a lot of little mistakes going on that Twins teams in the past didnt seem to make, and all those minor missteps tend to lead to much bigger issues down the road.

I dunno, maybe Im just having a hard time getting used to all the new players. I never thought Id say it but I miss Jason Bartlett.

haasertime said...

nah, dont be sorry about the negativity, i think it's valid to feel pessimistic and confused with this new set of twins.

it's going to be a long season, so we may as well focus on the positives:

nick blackburn = Cy Young?

RM said...

Do you mean "gauge"?

bizmarkie507 said...

I will gladly eat crow if I'm wrong, but I dont see Cuddy hitting over .270 this season. Morneau might come around, I've heard that a big reason why he stunk so much in spring training was because he would workout before games to try and build his stamina. Ideally I'd like to see Delmon Young and Cuddy flip flop in the order, but doubt it will happen.

TwinsWin83 said...

Yeah, I didnt win any spelling bee's as a kid.