Predictions for the Minnesota Twins this seasonFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Minnesota Twins open the season tomorrow in Chicago, and we can only hope that it's not the start of another long summer.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Minnesota Twins open the season tomorrow in Chicago, and we can only hope that it's not the start of another long summer.
After all, it can't get much worse, right?
The team has lost 96 or more games in each of the last 3 seasons.
Here's my preview of the 2014 Minnesota Twins.
The last 3 years, have made up the worst stretch of Twins baseball in franchise history.
We're guaranteed to see a great team on the field this summer, but that's only when the all-star game comes to Target Field.
Sorry about that.
Last year's starting rotation was the worst in baseball with a combined 5.26 ERA.
Minnesota spent 73-million to add free agents Ricky Nolasco and former Yankee Phil Hughes to the rotation.
Nolasco won 13 games last season with a 3.7 ERA, he'll start tomorrow's opener in Chicago.
Joe Mauer's days behind the plate appear over, and his move to first base, should keep him healthy enough to drive in 70 or more runs, which would be a huge improvement from last year's 47 RBI.
Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham appear to be the X-factors,neither will wow you with their defense.
But, if they can hit the ball out of the park fans will be able to forgive and forget.
The fact is the Twins are still at least a year away from turning things around. The lineup may be even worse than last year's squad that produced the third least amount of runs in the American league.
I predict they'll be better, but only two games better, finishing with 68 wins.
If Miguel Sano recovers well from Tommy John surgery and Byron Buxton continues to progress, 2015 will finally provide excitement at Target Field.