Catcher Joe Mauer is the heart and soul of the Minnesota Twins. There is no question the Twins have talented veterans on the roster, but Mauer is the leader of the team. With that being said, Minnesota’s leader must do more on offense in order for the team to be successful.
Through the first seven games of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, Mauer is batting .267 with one double, four runs, two walks and seven strikeouts in 30 at-bats. No, I did not forget to list how many home runs and runs batted in Mauer has this season because the slugger simply has not recorded any.
The 29-year-old struggled mightily at the plate this past weekend against the Baltimore Orioles. The left-handed batter went 2-for-13 with five strikeouts in the series. He also broke four bats in Friday night’s 9-5 loss.
“Tough series,” Mauer told TwinCities.com. “Guys are making some pitches. Some pitches I thought might have been a little out of the zone were called for strikes. It’s only the second series of the year. Just try to get back on schedule.”
Mauer understands he is slumping, but he is also realistic in that it was only the second series of the season. There is still plenty of baseball left to be played in which he has more than enough time to start knocking some runs in.
The good news is the Twins took series wins against the Detroit Tigers and Orioles in the first week of the season. Both of those teams were playoff contenders in 2012, and will most likely be in the mix this year. The fact that Minnesota was able to accomplish this without getting much production out of Mauer is promising.