Posted at 9:12 AM on March 30, 2007
by David Zingler
It’s hard not to be excited about the Twins entering this season, especially in light of the dismal local sports scene. We get to watch the greatest pitcher alive, the reigning American League MVP and the first catcher in league history to win a batting title. And they are all under the age of 29.
Sure there are questions about the rotation, but remember last year at this time when Carlos Silva and Kyle Lohse were considered among the best No. 3 and 4 starters in baseball and Francisco Liriano was in the bullpen? The point is, the Twins won 96 games last year despite implosions from Silva and Lohse and losing one of the league’s most dominant pitchers (Liriano) for most of the second half.
The organization has plenty of starting pitching depth with Matt Garza and Kevin Slowey at Rochester and the oft-overlooked Matt Guerrier in the bullpen. Rick Anderson meanwhile, has proven he can get the most out the talent available to him. So, while on paper, the rotation of Santana, Boof Bonser, Ramon Ortiz, Sidney Ponson and Silva may make you shudder, history shows the Twins can still string together over 90 wins and reach the postseason.