Found October 03, 2012 on
The Rhino and Compass:
The Twins will finish their season today as a disappointing mess. I had them winning more than 70 games this year, finishing second or third in the league. Yeah, well…. They did improve their record this year, despite a AAA rotation, but they were still worst in the American League.
But hey, it’s not all bad! There are definitely some flaws with the team, but there are certainly some positives! Let’s rattle off a few reasons why the Twins won’t be the worst in the league next year.
1) The offense was really good this year, at least the heart of the order. They were 16th in runs and 11th with hits. They have a potential batting champ in Joe Mauer, a 30 home run hitter in Josh Willingham, another former MVP in Justin Morneau, Ryan Doumit, Trevor Plouffe and a pretty dynamic leadoff hitter. Runs can be scored.
2) They have trade bait! There is a logjam of potential outfielders, and one or two of them are going to be traded over the winter for pitching. The more I think about it, the m...
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