Can it get worse for the Twins? Absolutely

Posted: 3rd May 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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I’m sure many Twins fans won’t agree with me.

But this season can get much, much worse.

I know, it seems like they’ve hit rock bottom.

And they have — for now.

But this is just the beginning. More on that later.

For now, I want to focus on the last two games.

Minnesota is on the West coast, so maybe you’ve haven’t see the games.

You haven’t missed much. In fact, if you haven’t seen the games, consider yourself lucky.

But let’s recap for just a moment.

In their last 15 innings, Minnesota has exactly 0 hits. That’s a span of 48 plate appearances.

In one word: Pathetic.

Of course, the Twins are playing the Los Angeles Angels. And the Angels, who are last in the American League West division, do have a pretty good pitching staff.

On Tuesday night, Minnesota lost 4-0 to the Angels. Jerome Williams threw a complete-game shutout. He allowed three hits and struck out six.

Remember the aforementioned pitching staff? I wasn’t talking about Jerome Williams — a pitcher with a career record of 29-30.

However, I was talking about a pitcher like Jered Weaver, who won 18 games a year ago, and is 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA this year.

And facing a good pitcher like Weaver? The Twins didn’t get a single hit.

So, in 18 innings, Minnesota has 3 hits and no runs.

In one word: Pathetic.

I’m not a historian, but this has to set some sort of record for least offensive output in a two-game span.

Luckily for the Twins, they are done with the Angels. It was a quick three-game series.

Now, it’s on to Seattle.

If there was a team who might be as offensively inept as the Twins right now, it’s the Mariners — the team who had a perfect game thrown against them earlier this season.

And, of course, Weaver’s next start?

Monday at Target Field.

Getting back to my other point, I do believe this could be worse. It may not seem like it right now, but I believe it could be.

Here’s how: Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.

So far this season, Mauer has played in 23 games, Morneau in 20. The Twins have played 24 games, so both players have been able to stay relatively healthy. They are a little banged up right now, but for the most part, it hasn’t been anything too serious.

Josh Willingham has been a pleasant surprise, as well.

If one — or all — of those players would happen to miss significant time, things could get much, much worse for the Twins.

I’m not saying Minnesota is going to be anywhere close to .500 this year. That hope was long gone. Actually, I think it was gone before the season even started when they didn’t do anything to improve their pitching staff — either starters or closers — and basically tried to replace two pretty good players with one.

If the big three, as we’ll call them, stay healthy, the Twins could maybe avoid losing 100 games.

Even that is a stretch.

Right now, they are on pace to lose 120 games.

If they don’t start hitting, that might even be a low number.

  1. KatieJo says:

    This is the first comment I’ve ever posted on any story and I enjoy reading your posts and hear your take on things.

    Yes, I agree season is off to a rough start and yes, agree that pitching has been our main weakness. Yes, I agree that if the Big Three stay healthy, that should help push some runs across.

    Last night’s game was unfortunate for MN.

    Pathetic might be a strong word in relation to the Twins as it’s still early.
    I say this for two reasons:
    1. They’ve had an incredibly tough schedule to open the season against traditionally strong clubs (Angels-twice, Red Sox, Yankees, Rays).
    2. I would say the word pathetic is more appropriate in relation to all the hype surrounding the Pujols deal. It’s a month into the season and Al has as many HRs as President Obama, Lady Gaga, LeBron James and that guy in front of you in line at the grocery store. A big fat zero roundtrippers and only 5 RBIs. That’s pretty pathetic “production” from a guy that was paid an insane amount of money, in my opinion.

    I have been surprised that the Angels are in last place in their division due to all their star power.

    Here’s hoping the Twins can start winning a few as yes, if they don’t, it’s going to get even worse and will be even longer of a season. As a lifelong Twins fan, I’ll cheer for them regardless but hope we don’t repeat the 100 loss season from last year. Youch.

    I sure hope Terry Ryan has some kind of rabbit in his hat as they’ve won division championships with him as GM before and hope they can do it again and soon!

  2. That’s true, if one or two of the three best hitters on the team (or four if you wanna throw in Span) miss significant time this year, the Twins would be in a terrible position.

    As for the starting pitching, it probably can’t get worse. Statistically, it has to “regress” to the mean eventually (which is still not a great rotation).

    I’m still holding out and believing this team is better than last year’s. Most of the toughest road trips are already out of the way. And I still think the lineup is better than some Twins teams that have won this division. But the rotation is the worst I can remember. It was silly to believe that the Marquis signing would be enough. The Twins desperately need to rebuild their pitching staff, which means making a bold move. Terry Ryan basically needs to pull off another Pierzynski-for-Joe-Nathan-and-Fransisco-Liriano-and-Boof-Bonser-type trade.