The series opener between the Twins and Indians was rained out Friday night. Which, if you live in the Midwest, is no surprise as all it has done the last two weeks is rain/snow. Last season the Twins had pretty good luck with the weather in April at Target Field, as their first rainout didn’t occur until the first week of May. I checked the 10-day forecast for Minneapolis and things look pretty promising.
With last night’s rainout the Twins were able to get a nice rest, as they were pretty banged up. And with the day off came good news. Justin Morneau was said to be feeling well enough to play Saturday and Delmon Young took some swings in the cage with no issues with his ailing ribs.
Francisco Liriano had his start pushed to Tuesday against Tampa. I was really looking forward to seeing him throw against Cleveland, though, as I was very interested in the progress he was making in his last start. But at this point, maybe a little extra rest won’t hurt Frankie. Let’s be honest, nothing else has worked yet, so who knows. Liriano was the one Twin starting pitcher not to face the Rays last weekend, which, to me, is a positive for him as they haven’t seen him yet this season. Maybe he can keep Johnny Damon from killing the Twins?
Michael Cuddyer is on a tear of late. He has homered in his last two games, raising his anemic slugging percentage all the way to .394! But on this team that’s pretty darn good. Jason Kubel is the only Twin with even a remotely decent slugging percentage, posting a .478 mark. Both have hit Fausto Carmona well this season, so I look for them to keep hitting today in the belated series opener.