The Twins must have left their bats in Fort Meyers. The offense never gave Pavano, Liriano, or Swarzak a chance. All of our runs were scored in the 8th or 9th innings - always too little, too late. It’s tough for your starting pitcher to aggressively go after opposing hitters when your offense isn’t coming through.
The worst part isn’t getting swept. It’s that we were swept against the only team we’ll face in the next two and a half weeks that won’t contend for a playoff spot. The road gets much bumpier from here!
The lone bright spot offensively is Justin Morneau. He’s collected a few hits, and though he has struck out a few times, he looks like he might be able to dial himself in.
The biggest disappointment, aside from the entire offensive effort, was Liriano. After the quality Spring he put together, expectations were high for the left-hander. He looked to be over-throwing his pitches and not “letting the game come to him.” A pitcher trying to do too much is like a bad American Idol audition.
Up next is the Angels, who are coming off from a disappointing and surprising series loss to the Royals in Anaheim. Don’t underestimate the Royals this year. They’ve been stockpiling talent for the past few years and it’s only a matter of time before they exit the cellar of the AL Central. If you don’t know who Eric Hosmer is yet, look him up. He’s going to be fun to watch!
Ask yourself which scenario is more likely: 1. The Twins open the season with 2 series losses. 2. The Angels open the season with 2 series losses . Buckle up, because April is going to be a long month for Twins fans.
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