Now or Never for the Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins Designated Hitter Jim Thome

At the time of this blog the Twins have only won nine of twenty-five games this season. There is also a surprise in the American League East cellar with the Boston Red Sox currently as its occupant.

The recent absence of Jim Thome from the line-up has taken out some of its pop. The wildness of the pitchers is a major concern. One of the aspects of Twins baseball has been to throw the ball over the plate and to keep it down. If this is not occurring, then some disastrous results are on the horizon because the club does not have the type of pitchers with the stuff to walk numerous batters and make up for it with strikeouts.

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Health Reasons: Why the Twins Will Win the AL Central

Justin Morneau is back from his post-concussion symptoms. Joe Nathan is fully recovered from his ailments that he suffered last season. In the UFC, Joe Rogan and other commentators often speak of “ring rust” when describing fighters who are returning to competition after long layoffs. The Twins brass hope this ring rust was remedied with spring training.

The American League Central may be the only division in baseball with three truly viable contenders for the division crown. The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals still remain afterthoughts-much to the chagrin to their respective fan bases. The latter is trying to create a buzz that they will be contenders in a couple of years simply to placate the masses.  The cases of Mark Prior and Todd Van Poppel are proof positive that prospects don’t always come to fruition. Even if they do pan out, the players will inevitably bolt to bigger markets that are willing to open their wallets for long term deals. Their payroll is only slightly higher than Alex Rodriguez’s salary for the upcoming season.

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Ron Gardenhire not at Fault for Minnesota Twins Collapse

Ron Gardenhire Twins Manager

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected by Hunter Wendelstedt in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the Yankees at Target Field. This put the club down 2-0 and in a bind because Phil Hughes is now on the horizon for Saturday night’s game in the Big Apple.

It was obvious that Carl Pavano was getting squeezed when he appeared to have struck out Lance Berkman; before he hit a double to the left field power alley.

Gardenhire’s early exit to the showers is a culmination of pent up anger and frustration at his club’s inability to hold leads throughout the playoffs. Because the organization have done all that they can do to address the situation.

The additions of Matt Capps and Brian Fuentes were supposed to have remedied this enigma. Yet Minnesota has lost eleven straight playoff games and are on the verge of another elimination game in the ALDS. Eight of these losses have come to the Yankees and the Twins have had the lead in each one of these games.

By Patrick Herbert

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Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees Series Preview

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The history in the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees matchup may not be long, but it is storied. [Read more…]

Who is the Minnesota Twins Postseason Closer?

The Minnesota Twins starting rotation has had a very successful season. They’re the primary reason the team has qualified for the playoffs and hope to solidify home field advantage during this final week of the season.  Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker, Brian Duensing, Kevin Slowey, Carl Pavano, and Nick Blackburn have all achieved at least ten wins this season. This demonstrates incredible balance and consistency that is rarely seen around the big leagues.

Pavano is the clear leader in innings pitched and in the win column, but he is not an ace in the same sphere as a C.C. Sabathia or David Price. This could prove to be a concern in a short first round playoff series. Fans may recall the impact that Sabathia had when the Brewers used him continuously in their postseason run a few years ago.

By Patrick Herbert

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Minnesota Twins Must Remain Aggressive

Carl Pavano

The Minnesota Twins recently swept the Chicago White Sox in a series that was viewed as imperative for the South Siders. Every sports fan has been caught biting his or her nails at the conclusion of a football game when their coordinator makes the decision to go into a prevent defense.

It usually end up in their opponent gaining enormous chunks of yards in short periods of time. Then a quirky play-by-play man from Syracuse will mention that the only thing that formation succeeded in was preventing the defense from stopping the offense.

By Patrick Herbert

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Are the Stars Aligning for the Minnesota Twins?

Minnesota Twins stars 

For 19 years the Minnesota Twins have been fighting. [Read more…]

AL Cy Young Watch

Cy Young award

The Sports Bank’s AL Cy Young Watch is back for installment number two, and perhaps some things could be learned from each of the original five contenders that were listed in the July edition: [Read more…]

Duensing Dominant, Stepping Into Third Starter Spot for Twins

brian duensing

The Minnesota Twins haven’t had a lot of holes to be filled this year.   [Read more…]

AL Cy Young Watch

2010 has been a year unlike any other in Major League Baseball, particularly on the pitching side of things.

As we were witness to on Monday night, we are truly seeing another year of the pitcher.   [Read more…]

Minnesota Twins Offseason Has to be Considered a Failure

Ron Gardenhire

Fresh off a series loss to the Cleveland Indians, the Minnesota Twins have to be staring into the mirror asking themselves some serious questions about the last nine months.   [Read more…]

Cliff Lee a Must for Minnesota Twins

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In the last few weeks the Chicago White Sox have caught fire, the Detroit Tigers have continued their steady play to hang around the top of the AL Central, and one thing has become painfully clear for the team at the top of the division. [Read more…]