Posted at 9:28 AM on June 3, 2008
by Steve Rudolph
Apparently this is no longer Twins Territory.
The Twins moved to within a half-game of the White Sox after another thrilling come-from-behind victory. Yet only 20,168 were at the Metrodome to see it firsthand.
A four-game weekend series against the Yankees used to draw a minimum of 120,000 fans. This season, the announced crowds totaled 114,276.
The Twins are averaging 24,617 fans, down from 27,677 at the same time last year and well below their 2007 season average of 28,350.
I don't get it. Sure they've lost some stars and the expectations were pretty low to start the season. But they are 30-27, have some of baseball's most exciting young players, and seem to play their best when facing the league's best.
Perhaps it's the backlash for letting Torii Hunter depart and trading Johan Santana to the Mets.
Maybe fans are worried about the high price of gas and cutting back on discretionary spending. (The Twins seem to think this is a factor.)
Or possibly fans can't bear to go inside the Metrodome when there are finally signs that the worst winter in Minnesota history has come to an end.
Tell me Twins fans, which is it? What is preventing you from getting behind the Twins this season?
Posted at 11:36 AM on June 3, 2008
by Chris Dall
Apparently, word has that Joe Mauer hit some sort of "home run" at the dome last night to tie the game against the Yankees (on a pitch that apparently was a ball, no less). I wouldn't know, since I'd fallen asleep on the couch. I did however, wake up in time to catch Delmon Young "pulling" the ball to right-center for a double that gave the Twins the lead. If anyone can confirm the Mauer home run, please let me know.
In all seriousness, should the Twins lack of power be as much of a concern as some are making it out to be? I'm not so sure. The most important thing is that the Twins are scoring more runs (154 in May, compared to just 102 in April). Last time I checked, as Joe Morgan might say, that was the point of the game. How they do it shouldn't really matter.
What the Twins should be a bit more concerned about is the recent pitching of Livan Hernandez. Now maybe we got ahead of ourselves with some of the excitement over his early season performance, but Hernandez has certainly tailed off. He's given up 5, 6, and 5 runs in has last three outings, and has averaged between 5-6 innings in those starts. The team still has a 10-3 record in his starts, but they'll need him to perform at a high level if they want to remain in contention. I just wonder if teams are starting to figure out that 60 mph curve ball.
What concerns you most about the Twins?