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This is Twins Territory … ooooh, I'm shaking
April 14, 2009 - Per Peterson
Is this what we have to look forward to this summer? Is this the best the Twins have to offer? This year’s version of the Twins — picked by some to not only go to the playoffs but win a World Series — are a silly-looking, sad ballclub right now. And if the first week-plus of games are any indication, it’s going to be a long summer in Twins Territory. Granted, they’re playing without their All-Star catcher and one of their best pitchers missed his turn in the rotation to start the season, but if those two are the glue that holds this wretched model of a baseball team together, they’re in trouble. The pitching has been horrible, save one stellar outing from Glen Perkins, who deserved to win last week but didn’t because of the Twins’ punchless offense. Francisco Liriano is not an ace. He’s not even a king; he’s more like the jack of the starting rotation. Kevin Slowey has given up five runs in both of his starts and a total of 22 hits in 11 1/3 innings. Nick Blackburn is fine as long as he doesn’t have to face Jim Thome, but fine isn’t good enough to help lead a team to a division title. A.J. Dickey was decent in his first start, throwing about 1,000 pitches in five innings and now he’s in the bullpen. Speaking of that bullpen, with the exception of Matt Guerrier, it, too, is tanking it. But at least that has come as no surprise, as no one expected them to be lights-out anyway. With low expectations comes, well, nothing really. And as far as the offense goes, it looks pretty lifeless compared to last year. Where are the sneaky drag bunts? Where are the stolen bases? Where are the hit-and-run plays? Geesh, steal home if nothing else — they’d have a better chance at that than one of their hitters actually driving in a run from third. Eventually, Joe Mauer will return to add some life to the offense and Manager Ron Gardenhire can then settle on a lineup. But until then, get used to a garbled mess that includes your one home run hitter batting third in the order. Monday’s game was the Twins ‘ first Minnesota’s Market Monday promotion where the price of Home Run Porch seats, usually $21, is based on the close of the Dow Jones Industrials Average from the previous Friday. Monday’s tickets came in at a mere $8. Still too much to watch this team. You won’t see me at a game unless the stock market collapses again.
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