In recent seasons, when we talked about the Minnesota Twins as we turned towards the home stretch, we were looking to say things like ‘Twins look for sweep’, or ‘Twins look to take tw of three’.
Not this season.
Minnesota, beset by injuries, bad luck, and pitching and offense that isn’t much better recently, look more and more like a team that will be fighting to stay out of the cellar as opposed to fighting to win the division. For a long time we thought (and rightly so, I might add) that once the Twins got to full strength, this lineup would click and they’d make a serious run.
It’s become apparent that isn’t going to happen. As soon as they get one guy back (Justin Morneau, for example), another key guy (Scott Baker) goes back on the disabled list. The Twins, if nothing else, are consistently mediocre this year, and stand near the bottom in most batting and pitching categories.
Today, Kevin Slowey will be making his fist start of the year due to,,,wait for it…injuries, well at least part of the reason. A couple of weeks ago, Jesse over at Twinkie Town made a compelling case to give Slowey one more chance.
And the Twins are almost forced to, because of Baker’s injury. Slowey will be matched up against David Huff, another guy being called up from AAA to make the start. First pitch is 12:05.