Posted at 8:20 AM on April 3, 2007
by David Zingler
I know this is kind of cheating because the Twins have already played one game, but I’ve always been one to bend the rules...err guidelines a little....
1. The Twins WILL win their opener...just kidding...Justin Morneau WILL hit 40 homeruns.
Morneau may have won the MVP last year (in case you hadn’t heard), but his homerun production slipped the last month and a half or so last season. That won’t happen this year and the Canadian will become the first Twin since Harmon Killebrew in 1970 to hit 40 long balls.
2. Sidney Ponson WON’T be on the roster on June 1.
As soon as I saw his greasy mullet, I knew Sidney Ponson had become my official whipping boy for 2007, following in the short lived footsteps of Tony Batista and Bret Boone. Although, the beefy hurler did post respectable numbers this spring, I can’t see it carrying over to the regular season. Look for an early ending to this experiment.
3. Jason Kubel WILL be this year’s Micheal Cuddyer.
One of the top hitting prospects back in 2004, Kubel suffered a severe knee injury that wiped out his 2005 season and haunted him last year. He appears to be healthy now and I believe his bat is ready to awaken. Look for about 20 HRs and 80 RBI from the soon-to-be 25 year-old.
4. The Twins WILL make a trade for a backup shortstop.
If the thought of Luis Rodriguez playing shortstop doesn’t scare you, it should. But, with Nick Punto entrenched at third, L-Rod is listed as Jason Bartlett’s backup. Once the Twins are convinced Joe Mauer’s leg is completely healthy and Chris Heintz is demoted, they could pluck an available utility infielder.
5. The Twins WILL win the AL Central.
I don’t know if I am thinking with my heart or my head here, but I see big things happening to this team.