It’s getting close to the start of a new season for the Twins. I’m optimistic that the Twins could have a 500 season. You could say I’m being overly optimistic here, but a new season always is a fresh start.
However, there are some things that Twins will have to do in order to have a more successful Season this year. Their three consecutive seasons of 90 plus losses is certainly not something to be proud of, unless you want to draft as high as possible in the draft. So, here are some things that the Twins will have to do in order to improve this year.
Last season, the Twins were second to last in pitching in the American League with an ERA of 4.55. The Twins Starters had the worst ERA in baseball of 5.26. This year, the Twins should have an improved rotation with the additions of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. If Mike Pelfrey improves from last year, it would be a big help. Plus, most of the bullpen that was fifth in the AL with an ERA at 3.50 is intact.
As for the lineup, last season the Twins scored 614 runs, good for 13th in the AL. They hit 151 Home runs, good for 11th in the Al.
Brian Dozier led the team with 18 homeruns with Justin Morneau second at 17. Dozier also led the team with 72 runs scored while Morneau led the team with 74 RBIs.
Right now, the lineup is the biggest question mark going into the season which might explain why a lot of fans still feel that the Twins will have another 90 loss season. The additions of Jason Kubel and Kurt Suzuki should help the offense provided Kubel performs close to what he did in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks when he batted .253/.327/.506 with 30 HRs, 90 RBIs and 75 runs scored. Plus, if Josh Willingham can bounce back, it would also be a help.
Also, if the Twins can get the team to steal more bases, it would also be a plus as far as scoring runs is concerned. Last season, the Twins stole 52 bases, good for 13th in the AL with Pedro Floremon leading the team with 15. Brian Dozier was second at 14 and Aron Hicks stole 9 in 81 games.
In all, I think the Twins have the potensial to have a much improved season. I don’t think we’ll win the division, but I do think that there is optimism to think that the Twins could potensially be around the 500 mark this season. So, let’s sit back and get ready for the start of the 2014 season.