Posted at 12:41 PM on April 7, 2006
by David Zingler
After three games against the new and seemingly improved Toronto Blue Jays, our new and seemingly unimproved Twins stand at 1-2. To me anyway, it looks like same old Twins. The offense will explode in garbage time, but wilt when the game is on the line. Also, lackluster starts by The Best Pitcher Ever and Carlos Silva are hardly cause for comfort.
I donít like what I see when I look at the schedule either. Thereís three in Cleveland, who finished ahead of our punch less squad in 2005, then a trifecta at the Hump with Oakland, a chic World Series pick, followed by sets against all three 2005 division champs (home with the Yankees and Angels and a stop on the South Side against the World Champs). Thereís a little break after that in Kansas City, where Joe Mays will hopefully get a start, and a moderate challenge ending the month in Detroit against the revamped Tigers.
Thatís a grand total of 21 games. I say, if the Twins can win 10 of those, theyíd be in decent shape. Iím thinking more like 8 or 9 though. Any other guesses/predictions?
That's a pretty rough stretch. If the rotation order keeps up, that first game in the KC series should be pitched by Mays, so there's at least one win there :) I also foresee the Twins getting a few wins by sheer Metrodome osmosis, so I'm going to predict 10 wins... if my prediction holds up they'll be 11-13 at the end of the month.
Seven or eight sounds about right, considering that they are 0-3 so far.