The Minnesota Twins were the worst team in the American League last year with an abysmal 66-96 record. Dead last in the AL Central and the third-worst team in the MLB, the Twins were unable to build any momentum all season long and the pitching staff didn’t have a standout performer whatsoever.
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are going to be opening day starters in 2013, so the hope that these two both recapture their All-Star production is still alive and well in Minnesota. Mauer seemed to overcome his bi-lateral leg issues he suffered in 2011 as he hit .319 with 10 home runs and 85 RBI in 147 games for the Twins in 2012-he was also named to his fifth All-Star Game.
Morneau has not been the same player since his concussion suffered July 5th, 2010. Prior to the injury, Morneau was a feared left-handed bat as he had 23 or more home runs in each of the previous five seasons but, since the injury, he has hit just 23 home runs in two whole seasons. Time will tell if 2013 is a different story for the slugger; however, I have my doubts he will ever return to pre-concussion form.
The Twins issues lie deeper than the two sluggers as the pitching rotation looks like one for a Triple-A team.
Vance Worley did a decent job in his three-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies as he finished with 18 wins and 3.50 ERA in 46 career starts with the club. The shift to the American League may be a tough transition for the 25-year old especially as he is depended on to be the teams ace.
In my mind, the Twins lose anywhere from 95-100 games again this season and Ron Gardenhire‘s eleven-year run as manager comes to an end around the All-Star break.