There’s nothing quite like sunny weather and some good old fashioned stickball. Well, it’s not really considered stick ball if the stick is barely used. It was a near pitchers duel at Hammond Stadium today. The 2-2 final was made possible by the throwing talent the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles both possess. Neither one of them has a spectacular rotation, so seeing production from the pen is a bright spot for both clubs. More so for the Orioles, however.
The bullpen could be the Achilles heel for the Orioles this year. They don’t have the strongest starting rotation, but with a proven offense, they will need production from one set of arms. Tommy Hunter, T.J. McFarland and Troy Patton combined for a solid five innings pitched while only giving up one earned run.
The Twins are in a much tougher spot than the Orioles are. The future seems a little more dull for them, but then again, it could be a year full of breakouts for them. One good thing about being in the Twins’ position is that the only way they can go is up. Glen Perkins, Jared Burton, Matt Guerrier and Lester Oliveros combined for four innings pitched while only giving up one hit. The foursome totaled for five strikeouts as well.
Spring Training is probably the hardest thing to get hyped about in sports. I personally don’t see either team making it into October. The Orioles might be able to pull it off, but don’t expect to see the Twins. Spring Training never really proves to be a true image of what a team will look like in the regular season, but if these two bullpens play like they did today, this season might not be as hard as anticipated for either club.