02-20-2013, 04:52 PM #41
There has been talk of adding a Bullpen car for the pitching staff. I believe the Twins are leaning towards the second model.
Last edited by Highabove; 02-20-2013 at 04:55 PM.
02-20-2013, 05:42 PM #42
The problem with that idea Highabove is that it presumes the Twins medical staff is aware of a problem requiring action. Typically we play with a 21 or 22 man roster while we wait these things out.
02-20-2013, 05:45 PM #43
02-20-2013, 07:42 PM #44
02-20-2013, 08:38 PM #45
Onion parody Zumaya was 12 pitches. Nice to hear that Harden has felt good so far, but he's the classic hope-for-the-best, expect-the-worst type of signing.
02-20-2013, 10:16 PM #46
A lot of things will need to go right for the Twins to do well this season.
Here's a list of things I think are possible but could just as easily go wrong.
Twins long-shot list:
Harden revival, healthy for whole season
Gibson wins 15 games
Deduno wins 15, cuts walks in half
Morneau hits 30 taters
Florimon hits .250
Butera hits .225
DeVries wins 12
Hendriks wins 10
Plouffe hits 28 taters, healthy for the whole season
Dozier wins 2B, hits .265
Benson beats out Hicks for CF, stays up and healthy
Mauer plays healthy all year
If most of those things happen, I think the Twins could compete for a wild card. Most of them are physically possible, but of course some of them are less probable than others. Frankly, if they all stayed healthy, that would be a major accomplishment.
02-21-2013, 08:44 AM #47
02-21-2013, 10:03 AM #48
Morneau has hit 30 bombs in three of his last four healthy seasons (obviously he's older now and, you know, hasn't been healthy for a while). Hendriks winning 10 seems conceivable (Correia has done it 4 years in a row!). Plouffe hit 24 last year while only playing 119 games, so 28 IF healthy seems in play. Dozier hit .234 last year, so .265 seems reachable if he puts some things together. And my feeling is that any health issues for Mauer would be new things, which can happen to anyone at any time, of course. After that, things get a little more long-shotty.
Keeping it a little on topic with the thread, I don't foresee Harden staying healthy all year, but I'm hopeful to be wrong.
02-21-2013, 01:19 PM #49
02-21-2013, 06:58 PM #50