5 Series The Minnesota Twins Should Look Forward To In 2014
5 Series To Look Forward To In 2014
After a disappointing 2013, the Minnesota Twins are gearing up for what should be an exciting season. The team's upgrades with the starting rotation have bee well-documented, so it is only a matter of time until we see if those moves pay off. One of the Twins’ superstars is in a new position and is being looked at to play in more games then he has in years. Joe Mauer is the new everyday first baseman taking over for Justin Morneau, who was shipped out last season. How he reacts to a new position remains to be seen, but it is certainly a storyline heading into 2014.
If there is a crucial time for the Twins, it has to be now. Manager Ron Gardenhire's job could be on the line if they get off to a slow start; he knows that and the players know that too. They face five divisional opponents in the first month of the season and need to make their mark early.
The future looks bright in the Twin Cities and fans will have a reason to cheer this year. One of the things that is always exciting as a fan is the release of the schedule for the upcoming season.
The schedule makers certainly did the Twins some favors this year with the way the schedule lined up. There are plenty of home dates during the usual big crowd days like Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Fourth of July, etc., and the Twins are lucky enough to be home on all of those.
Here is a look at five series of interest, in my opinion, that would be worth a look.
5. May 16-May 18: vs. Seattle Mariners
Other than the New York Yankees, there was no other team as busy in my opinion this offseason than the Seattle Mariners. Inking free agent second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year deal, signing Corey Hart, and trading for Logan Morrison is sure to make their team better. With one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, Felix Hernandez, the Mariners will get themselves back to the top of the American League West in no time.
The Mariners happen to be coming to town on Mother’s Day weekend. Teams will be donning their pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness and the place will be packed as it usually is.
4. May 26-May 29: vs. Texas Rangers
The Prince Fielder led Texas Rangers come to town on Memorial Day. Not only is this another big ticket day, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a team like the Rangers in town either. The Rangers are hungry after playing 163 games last year and narrowly missing the playoffs. They traded longtime leadoff man Ian Kinsler in the Fielder deal, which paved the way for Texas to sign Shin-Soo Choo.
This team is good and will be in the postseason again as long as Yu Darvish and the rest of the pitching staff remain healthy.
3. July 3-July 6: vs. New York Yankees
Anytime the New York Yankees come to any town in MLB, large crowds follow; locals circle the date when the team everyone loves to hate is seen on the schedule. It just so happens that their only visit to Minnesota is Fourth of July Weekend; the Yankees arrive on Thursday for the four-game wrap-around series, which ends on Monday July 6. Oh, I almost forgot that this will be the final time that sure Hall of Fame player Derek Jeter will step foot on the diamond in Target Field.
The Yankees, who spent more money than anybody this offseason, are looking to get back to the postseason and perhaps capture their 28th Championship.
2. May 13-May 15: vs. Boston Red Sox
What can make a middle of the week three-game series exciting? Make it against the World Champion Boston Red Sox, that’s how.
The Red Sox make their only trip to Target Field May 13-15. Fomer Twins player David Ortiz could potentially be making his final trip to where it all started with the uncertainty of his future; not quite the farewell that Derek Jeter will receive, but it is something to take not of. Dustin Pedroia and the rest of the Red Sox are looking to defend their title and have a decent chance to do so.
1. July 11-July 13: vs. Colorado Rockies
This is the only series on this list that is away from Minnesota.
The July 11-13 series against the Colorado Rockies will be the first time the Twins face their former first baseman Justin Morneau. Morneau spent the first 10 and a half seasons of his career with the Twins. It was a somber day for most Twins fans when Morneau was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last August. Morneau won an MVP award and was a four-time All-Star for the Twins and will forever go down as one of the greats.
This is the only time this season that the Twins play to Rockies.