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So far so good

By Steve Friendt

Now that the dust is settling after the Twins first series, let’s take a look at what we might expect. First of all the biggest thing I’ve noticed is the confidence that these guys are playing with this year. With the addition of Jim Thome and Orlando Hudson they have a more noticeable veteran swagger. Offensively, the Twins are a threat to leave the park in 8 out of 9 spots. We all know that realistically, the Twins cannot keep up their home run pace, and we all know that sooner or later there is going to be some worries about the bull pen. John Rauch is the Twins temporary closer and if memory serves, he does blow up now and then. My guess is that by mid season the Twins will have tried several other pitchers in the closer roll. All of this will be overshadowed by the Twins offensive prowess. The Twins will probably set a team record for runs scored and Homers. This will keep the Twins bull pen out of the spotlight. Hopefully, the increased offensive production, will give some of the guys, namely Rauch, time to grow into their new rolls. I’ve been a Twins fan for 45 years and I’ve seen the very good and the very bad. This team reminds me of those mid to late ‘60’s teams led by Killebrew, Oliva, and Carew. I know it’s early and a lot of things can happen, but for now Twins fans have reason to hope.

1 comment:

  1. Jim Thome and Orlando Hudson were great additions to the team for the veteran presence alone. I can't believe that this team can now hit the long ball, I thought I would never see that day again the way things were going in the last decade.