Posted at 10:05 AM on April 4, 2006
by David Zingler
Tony Batista will not last the season.
His bat looks slow and he’s a complete hack in the field. Terry Ryan did not do enough to address the gaping hole at third during the off-season and the team will pay for it.
There will be bullpen issues.
Their only lefty is the talented, but unproven Francisco Liriano, Willie Eyre has thrown as many big league pitches as I have, and Juan Rincon has elbow issues. Rick Anderson will earn his salary this year.
Scott Baker will win more games than Kyle Lohse.
Although he only has a handful of big league starts under his belt, Baker looks to already have a better head on his shoulders than the enigmatic Lohse.
Justin Morneau will hit 30 homeruns.
It just has to happen this year. Doesn’t it?
Brad Radke will continue to wallow in mediocrity.
We love your loyalty Brad, but your 20 win season was almost 10 years ago and minus that year, your career record is under .500. The fact is, we’re not getting our $9 million worth.
One more prediction: The Twins will lose 100 games this year. I was dismissed when I sent this comment in to Gary Eichten's show but here's the reasoning. First, Twins pitchers, supposedly upgraded from previous years, have never lived up to expectations, and the starters (because of poor coaching) probably won't be able to make it past the sixth inning until mid-May. Second, the Twins' infield saviors are both aging and will incur lots of damage from the Dome turf. Third, the Twins other hitting hero, besides the two previously mentioned infielders who will be injured much of the year, Jason Kubel, is unproven and simply had a good streak in spring training. In addition, the division competition will take a huge toll on the Twins' win/loss record. Anybody who says the Twins will challenge for a playoff spot is a delusional Homer (i.e., Howard Sinker).
I think Gary Eichten had the right idea. I don't see the Twins making the playoffs either, but even at their worst in the 90s, they never lost a 100.......
If you look at the projections, the computers come up loss counts of 72 (Diamond Mind), 77 (PECOTA), and 77 (ZiPS). Getting to 100 would probably mean something really wrong went on.