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And So It Begins

April 1, 2011 12 comments

It’s here. It’s finally here.

It’s like Christmas but it’s warmer.” – Pete Rose

Today is one of the greatest day of the year. Today is Opening Day. Baseball is back. Well, MLB decided to go wacky on us this year and break Opening Day up into two days, with every team playing either yesterday or today, which is pretty ridiculous.

But for Twins fans the wait is finally over. Today we get to, once again, cheer on our Twins as they once again make a run at defending the Central Division title. This year does not come without it’s own question marks.

1. Will the losses of Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, Jon Rauch, and Brian Fuentes from the bullpen be to much to bear?

1a. Will the new bullpen be effective?

2. Will Justin Morneau stay concussion free? Read more…

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Categories: Projections

Happy Twins Projections Day!

April 1, 2010 5 comments

It is Twins Projections Day! This day was the idea of Josh Johnson of Josh’s Thoughts. Make sure to check out all the other Twins bloggers projections too. I’ll start out with the Twins projections and then move to MLB projections.

Twins Projections

Twins MVP: Joe Mauer
Yeah I know this is the easy pick. But seriously, this is Joe Mauer. How can you say he won’t be the team MVP? He’s the best player in the American League.

Twins Cy Young: Kevin Slowey
Kevin Slowey will show the promise he showed in 2008 and 2009 before his injury. Think 15+ wins and an ERA below 3.50.

Twins Best Rookie: Anthony Slama
The bullpen isn’t going to work out quite as expected and Slama is going to get the first call.

Most Improved Player: J.J. Hardy
The Great Hardini was terrible last year. The change of scenery will do him good. I’m standing by my prediction of a .260 batting average with 20 homers.

Bold Predictions
1. Pat Neshek gets 25 saves
2. Delmon Young hits 25 homers
3. Angel Morales gets traded for Heath Bell
4. Joe Mauer publicly supports Hitting The Eephus

A.L. Central Standings Projections
1. Twins
2. White Sox
3. Tigers
4. Royals
5. Indians

MLB Predictions

A.L. MVP: Joe Mauer
N.L. MVP: Hanley Ramirez
A.L. Cy Young: Felix Hernandez
N.L. Cy Young: Tommy Hanson
A.L. Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz
N.L. Rookie of the Year: Jason Heyward
A.L. Breakout Player of the Year: Delmon Young
N.L. Breakout Player of the Year: Jay Bruce
A.L. Comeback Player of the Year: Justin Morneau
N.L. Comeback Player of the Year: Cole Hamels
A.L. Playoff Predictions: Twins over Yankees, Red Sox over Mariners, Twins over Red Sox
N.L. Playoff Predictions: Phillies over Brewers, Rockies over Cardinals, Phillies over Rockies
World Series Prediction: Twins over Phillies

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Projecting the Twins: Michael Cuddyer

January 21, 2010 1 comment
Nobody causes more mixed feelings among Twins fans more than Michael Cuddyer. He ranges from “our Albert Pujols” to “the guy is trash”. Actually, he is in between those. He is our best source of right-handed power, and we need him.
Avg HR R RBI SB BB OBP SLG FP
.272 23 86 92 5 65 .348 .495 .991

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Projecting the Twins: Denard Span

January 20, 2010 1 comment

Denard Span is the leadoff hitter this team has lacked before. You could argue that he’s more to the team valuable than Morneau. He is not as good in center as he is in the corners, but that is the only real problem with him.

Avg HR R RBI SB BB OBP SLG FP
.308 7 98 62 27 68 .382 .410 .993

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Projecting the Twins: Delmon Young

January 19, 2010 5 comments

There are 2 kinds of Twins fans. Those who think Delmon Young is good, and those who are smart. All joking aside, Delmon Young was the most over-hyped player to come along in a long time. Unfortunatley, Bill Smith bought into that hype. He has turned out to be a complete bust.

Fortunately, he may be coming around. Before the break last year, Young hit .266. After the break he hit .300.

Since he has the job all to himself this year, I think he will finally have his breakout year. It won’t be anywhere near his hype, but it should be better than what we’ve seen so far.

Avg HR R RBI SB BB OBP SLG FP
.302 18 68 72 8 22 .334 .457 .973

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Projecting the Twins: J.J. Hardy

January 18, 2010 4 comments

J.J. Hardy is the ultimate wildcard on this team. He had an abysmal season last year, causing the Brewers to trade him for Carlos Gomez. He shouldn’t be as bad as looked last year, but he shouldn’t be expected to be as good as he was in 2007 and 2008. Hopefully he just needs a change of scenery.

Avg HR R RBI SB BB OBP SLG FP
.265 19 57 65 1 48 .325 .430 .980

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Projecting the Twins: Nick Punto

January 17, 2010 2 comments

I said I wan’t going to project a player that doesn’t have his position locked down. Nick Punto is the one exception to this rule, as he will more than likely play either 2nd or 3rd. It is not likely that the Twins sign 2 free agents to fill both positions, meaning Punto will play the other.

Punto is an elite defending infielder. He is not great with the stick, but he is a decent 9 hitter. He can not be expected to be any better than that.

Avg HR R RBI SB BB OBP SLG FP
.278 1 57 42 15 43 .345 .310 .996

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