Posted at 9:59 AM on July 25, 2005
by David Zingler
Now that the Twins lost 3 of 5 to the not-so-toothless Tigers and have trips to New York and Boston looming, you have to wonder if this is it for the Twins 2005 playoff hopes. Personally, Iíll be happy if the Twinkies go 3-3 this week, but I think 1-5 or 2-4 is far more likely. It wonít get any easier next week as the local nine comes home to face the resurgent Aís for four followed by the Red Sox (who broke the curse last year, if you hadnít heard) annual visit to the Dome. Thatís a gauntlet-like 13 game stretch. I say, they win no more than five of them. How about you?
Oh yeah, and Bret Boone is completely washed up......
The Twins could win 5 or 6. This is still a good team but the Central Division has nothing but teams on the rise except for the Royals, and the Twins. We aren't improving and the rest of the division is. We need wider bats, I think, because even with not hitting, we are on par with the last couple of years, but the competitors are catching up. It isn't like we are in the toilet and we could get hot, because there are very few teams that could continue to hit as poorly as the Twins have lately.
You're right, the Twins are a good team and have been since 2001, but they seem to be stuck in a rut.
I think missing the playoffs, which it looks probable, may be just what the organzition needs. As I have said before, even if the Twins reach the postseason, they won't go far. If they do, they will continue to rest on their laurels, if not they might finally seriously address their offensive needs.
as you've most likely have read and i whole heartily agree with...the twins need to bring in a "real" bat to make a playoff run. someone to place in the middle of lineup to bring some much need consistency. someone to bring the runners in from scoring position. someone to hit more than 25 HRs. it's the freakin' homer dome for crying out loud! what happened to the touted homer dome advantage? what happened to the 3-run HR? what happened to the chili davis(es), the kent herbeck(s), the puckett(s), and even the tom brunansky(s). this team has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. ok, so we don't sign big name bats to big contracts in FA. which in-turn brings on the small ball philosophy/mentality. hit it to the opposite field. slap it up the middle. leg out a deep infield hit. you strike out too much you ride the bench. (read: ortiz & now fat elvis) unfortunately, i believe the twins will go another route and just let it ride. what they need is supplementation to a slightly above average team and don't want to have to pay. they want something for nothing. (read: boone. more of a nothing for nothing.) their not going to get over the hump or even stay in the race with the status quo. but that's what we're faced with. my low tech, low cost advice is to follow the path of the silver screen icon..."i ask jobu to come, take fear from bats. i offer him cigar, rum. he will come." or maybe, just maybe, do the next best thing and give in and get a proven player like soriano. carl you can't take it with you!