The Little Piranhas are looking like this year's flounders
Posted at 10:54 AM on April 25, 2007
by Tom Scheck
This Twins team is not playing the Twins ball of the past few years. Over the past few years, the Twins played small ball which earned them the nickname of "little piranhas." Moved the runners ahead and made the reliable outs. This year is completely different.
There are too many batters swinging at first pitches. Too many fielding errors (Jason Bartlett's glove must be slippery and the Alexi Casilla double pump and throw to home instead of getting the safe out is just one example) and too many mistakes running the bases. The bullpen also hasn't been as reliable as year's past. Howard Sinker brings up some of the points in his blog here. Maybe they need a day off or maybe this team needs a kick in the pants (a la Jim Leyland).
The Twins typically start the season slow and start to heat up with the temperatures. But this year's team probably needs to get its head on straight in the batter's box and in the field before anything else.