The real real real Opening Day
So people like Alex
will try and tell you that the real real Opening Day for Twins Fans was a week ago in Toronto, but
the real real real Opening Day is today, The Home Opener!
And especially after starting the season 1-5, the Twins need any excuse to reset and start anew.
Your favorite SP-ers will all be in attendance at the Dome this evening. We'll have a side bet
going on how many runs Radke will give up in the first. I've set the over/under at 2. You can double
your money if you correctly pick the number of home runs he gives up in the first inning (those in the know
are betting heavily on 3).
The Twins have played about as well as I had expected for the first week of the season. Decent
pitching followed up by some horrible horrible at bats. One of my favorite at bats of the season
has to be Morneau's final at bat in the 2nd Cleveland game. He looked like he couldn't get out of there
fast enough. Wickman could have thrown the ball in the dugout and Morneau would have swung.
To illustrate my point, let's see how the team is batting so far:
Minnesota Twins Team Batting Statistics (Average and OBP)
|Shannon Stewart ||.360 ||.385 |
|Torii Hunter ||.208 ||.240 |
|Justin Morneau ||.208 ||.208 |
|Rondell White ||.091 ||.120 |
|Joe Mauer ||.300 ||.333 |
|Tony Batista ||.125 ||.222 |
|Luis Castillo ||.250 ||.368 |
|Juan Castro ||.357 ||.400 |
|Jason Kubel ||.083 ||.154|
Who would have thought that along with Sexy Stew and Joe Mauer, Juan Castro would be a bright spot
offensively? I should also point out that Luis Rodriguez has hit more home runs than Rondell White,
who may not be any better than Jose Canseco would be at this point. Additionally, keep in mind that
these numbers are actually inflated by the one win where the Twins picked up 16 hits and 13 runs.
But let's not focus on all the doom and gloom, it's early, anything can happen. Let's focus on
Opening Night, where the season is still fresh and wide open.
"We're gonna win Twins we're gonna score... we're gonna win Twins, watch that baseball soar!..."
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