Marsh Duncan

2005 Overview:

The Minnesota Twins could provide supporters using a respectable year by fielding essentially the same group it did to end the 2004 season. Minnesota completed the year 83-79 while producing the 2nd most useful home file within the AL Central (2nd to only the World Series Champion White Sox) going 45-36 at the Metrodome. The power production from your Twins offense in 2005 was led by 1st baseman Justin Morneau (.239 22 79) and outfielder Jacque Jones (.249 23 73) while outfielders Shannon Stewart (.274 10 56), Torii Hunter (.269 14 56), third baseman Michael Cuddyer (.263 12 42) and Catcher/DH Matthew LeCroy (.260 17 50) all combed to help keep the batting order steady.

Unfortuitously, Minnesota wasnt in a position to find much quality starting pitching in 2005 with Johan Santana (16-7 2.87) and Carlos Silva (9-8 3.44) appearing to be their most consistent starters. While beginning Joe Mays( 6-10 5.60) submitted a dismal 1-7 record having a 8.22 ERA following the all-star break pitcher Brad Radke (9-12 4.04) experienced a disappointing summer. Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (9-13 4.18) also struggled to win games after the all-star break, returning just 2 wins against 6 losses to get rid of the year with a disappointing sub-five hundred performance. The bullpen had a couple of bright spots with Juan Rincon (6-6 2.45) appearing in 7-5 games, J.C. Romero (4-3 3.47) appearing in 6-8 and closer Joe Nathan (7-4 2.70) publishing 43 saves in 48 save opportunities.

Off Season Moves:

The Twins have experienced a hardcore cold weather. This lofty btr use with has diverse witty cautions for when to ponder it. Talks for Alfonso Soriano and a few the others at the GM meetings went nowhere therefore Minnesota completed by dealing RHPs Travis Bowyer (5.59 ERA in 8 games) and Scott Tyler for second baseman Luis Castillo (.301 4-30). Castillo became available within the Marlins dismantling. The Twins also signed Rondell White (.313 12 5-3) to serve as a selected hitter/right fielder (taking Jacque Jones' spot) and added Tony Batista (.241 32 11-0 in 2004 using the Expos), after a full period in Japan, to assume duties at third base.

2006 Analysis:

With the White Sox and Indians making techniques to improve their rotation the Twins did little to improve their beginning team. The Twins are hoping that Johan Santana will repeat his 2005 effort and