On Monday against the Angels, Nick Blackburn, despite taking the loss in a 5-1 contest, provided the team with some assurance that he may be able to outperform the lowly expectations that have been outlined for him based on his track record the last two years.
What has been the most impressive about his 2012 debut was his ability to miss bats. After all, at an 89.9% rate over the past two seasons, he has allowed more contact than any other qualified starting pitcher. It has been
Off Day for the Twins today, but all 4 levels on the farm played. 2 Wins, 2 Loses, Another big day for Hicks and Sano.
Minnesota Twins 2012 Season Day-by-Day
The Twins had an off day, but their minor league affiliates were all playing. There was a game-winning home runÖ an extra-innings walk off wild pitch, a couple of strong starts, some great bullpen work. And yes, Miguel Sano was very good again today! Find out why Brian Dozier got a day off here (and at the same time be listening to the interview with him on the SethSpeaks Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast).
ROCHESTER 5, BUFFALO 3
PJ Walters picked up his first win as a Red
Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog
So, the Twins have had a bit of a tough go of the start of the 2012 season, huh? And, apparently, there's nothing like going winless for the first four games to divide the fans.
The optimists insist that four games is too small a sample size to get too worked up about yet, and the pessimists see
I wasn't in attendance at Monday's home opener, but by all accounts Target Field was mostly lifeless during a 5-1 snoozer that dropped the home team to 0-4 on the season. Through four games, the Twins have scored six runs and haven't held a lead at any point.
The brutal start is making it tough for fans to generate any kind of enthusiasm following a 99-loss campaign in which this type of dreadful play was all too common. It's easy to overreact in situations such as this Ė consider that
The answer is from Dave Schoenfeld who writes the "Sweet Spot" blog on ESPN's MLB page.
I can see a scary situation unfolding in Minneapolis. Say Mauer and/or Morneau gets hurt again early this season, Target Field could be half empty before the All-Star break as the 2012 Twins challenge the 1962 Mets for the ultimate distinction in baseball futility. How long before Gardy gets his long overdue ejection by the front office, even if the Twins
Will there ever be a way
To choose a Boyfriend of the Day
From this team all too easy to jeer
I guess I'll try tomorrow
Maybe Justin or Liriano
But for now it's a shot and a beer!
After dropping the home opener 5-1 to the Angels, the Twins find themselves as the only American League team without a win this season. Yes, it has only been 4 games. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is quick to remind the media and fans of that however, is it too early to panic? This author thinks that the panic button should be pushed and pushed hard right now.
In 2011, the Twins began the season 1-3 on their way to a 63-99 record. While a teamís record through 4 games is hardly indicative
Updated 04-10-2012 at 03:51 PM by SpinnesotaGirl
This was originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Here is this week's installment:
The opening day was a bummer but featured somewhat a comeback, for which I was thankful. Still the Twins lost, which is not good. My thoughts as I was watching that game are here. The second game debacle did not put me in a great mood and the third game was the cherry on top. At least there were a couple of bright points: Swarzak's performance on short notice, Jamey Carroll's
As the Twins sit at 0-4, many questions abound about this team. How bad is this bullpen? Why is Jamey Carroll batting second? Just how awful will the Joe Mauer contract be looked at? Yet, we have heard a myriad of people saying, "be patient." I have two words for you..."screw you."
After sitting through a summer of failures, disappointments and screw ups, many were hoping that the 2012 Twins season was going to be a turnaround. Though expectations certainly weren't
Let me count the ways in which the Twins focused on adding offense this year:
Of the ~$18M the Twins spent this offseason, $14M were spent on adding hitters. The only exceptions were bargain-shopping acquisitions of Jason Marquis and Joe Zumaya.Jamey Carroll was one of the first free agents signed this offseason, and he was given a 2-year deal, despite being limited defensively and being 38 years old? Why? Because he could get on base. He doesnít have a hit this year.Ryan
Itís the same with every team in every city, be it the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox , the Seattle Mariners, the Houston Astros, or the Minnesota Twins.
Each team has fans that are willing to be patient, think logically and give the benefit of the doubt to players and front office personnel whose jobs are much tougher than it looks on TV. Each team has fans that are ready to jump off of a bridge with every loss, feeling the need to place blame on someone, a player, the manager,
I know it's 'in vogue' to call for the head of the hitting coach when things are going badly. I'm hardly the first and if things keep going like this for the Twins (6 runs in 4 games) more and more people will jump on that bandwagon. The fact of the matter is that in each of the past two season, the Twins offense has gotten off to a very slow start and sometimes a change a scenery is needed, even if the old scenery isn't necessarily the problem.
Last year, the circumstances were
[Originally published with pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]
Though he got into a jam in the fifth inning,
Alex Wimmers definitely looked capable of facing
Last week, I was fortunate enough to have dinner with and talk to
Updated 04-10-2012 at 09:44 AM by Twins Fan From Afar