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Look Out - Some Outlook

With Spring Training rolling to an end, it is a fair time for some outlook on the upcoming season. Truthfully, how good overall is this 2009 Minnesota Twins team? Do they have what it takes?

Let’s start with the start: the starters. Francisco Liriano is obviously showing that he still has some of his 2006 self in him. In 21.1 innings pitched he has an ERA of 2.95, 19 strikeouts, and eight walks. Glen Perkins, Scott Baker, and Kevin Slowey have showed their talent, too. In his last outing, Slowey even drove in 2 more runs with his own bat than he allowed pitching. Liriano and Slowey should be relatively consistent throughout the year, and valuable assets to the team for sure. The rest of the starters should be good with some great moments. However, they might struggle with some inconsistency a little more.

The bullpen is filled once again with no-name youngsters with potential. Some are better than others. I’m afraid that the bullpen will struggle at times this season, which is something that Twins fans aren’t used to. However, with Jesse Crain and Joe Nathan anchoring the relievers, the bullpen should be able to blossom over time if the young players do well.

Everyone is worried about Mauer’s status for the beginning of the season, but we do know he will be back. In the third slot he offers an outstanding bat that is often a sigh of relief in the most needed situations. Cuddyer should have a good year at the plate, and Gomez is a fun flying phenom that is a perfect leadoff guy when he is batting well. However, there are two other good outfielders (Denard Span and Delmon Young) with only one spot left to fill in. Gardenhire will use these four in rotation.

The off-season was uneventful and then they added such a great player, Joe Crede. That move was a great relief and Crede will be a terrific threat to opposing teams after having an All-Star year last season.
Alexei Casilla is fun to watch and has had a great Spring Training. He will take second base. Brendan Harris has also had a very good spring and will most likely take the position at shortstop. Brian Buscher should be a very good backup first baseman/ third baseman, and Jason Kubel will be a solid DH once again.

Overall, the season should go well. The Twins are in the top 5 teams in the American League this Spring Training, and with the addition of Crede, the lineup should be solid and very diverse, with speed from Gomez, great consistency from Mauer, and power with Morneau, Kubel, and Crede. With eighty-eight wins last season, best case scenario the Twins could scratch out ninety this year if their past stars can play how they always do and their young players can exceed expectations.

Written by Josh Gloe

2 comments:

  1. Awesome Article Josh!! I learned alot. Luke agrees with most of what you said. Ann Pygman

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