Minnesota Twins are Young at Heart

brien loreContributor IFebruary 6, 2009

The focus is going to be on the young lefty Francisco Liriano.

Is he healthy? Is he ready to go? Is he ready to be the leader of the Twins pitching staff? Yes, he struggled coming back from the surgery, but who doesn't?

The Minnesota Twins also have the duo of Scott Baker and Glen Perkins, who had an excellent season last year with a combined 23-8 record.

Basically between the three of them, they will have to show the same effort to pitch and want to win like last season. The best thing that happened is holding on to All-Star closer Joe Nathan, who knows what would happen when someone else had to wrap up the games.

Someone who's not really talked about is young Pat Neshek, an excellent set up guy. Too bad the injury held him out because the Twins could have used him.

As for the rest of the pitching, I don't see getting much out of them (Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey, Boof Bonser) something has got to give. Blackburn and Slowey are only a couple years in, but how long does it really take?

Bonser is just a waste. He hasn't had a winning season—only 18 wins in his three-year career. Most pitchers get 18 wins in one season. Well, not most, but you know where I'm coming from. When is he gonna step up? What happened to all the hype when they signed him?

We will all just have to wait and see what happens. They need another good pitcher—someone who still has it. Though I thought Livian would be it, it didn't turn out that way.

All I can say is: Don't be afraid to SPEND SOME MONEY!

As for the rest of the team, thank goodness someone paid attention and did something smart by resigning Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.

Without the two of them, the Twins would be on the bottom looking up. Being a Twins fan for 18 years, I wouldn't be too happy and neither would the rest of their fans.

One of the problems with the Twins is their infield. They need a more talented stats-worthy shortstop and third baseman.

The corner is where they have their problem. General Manager Bill Smith said, "You know we got 94 RBI combined from their last season."

Well 94 RBI is just about normal for single players, where has he been?

Denard Span improved the offense late last season, but almost doesn't count. If he plays from the beginning on, I see him putting up great numbers and could help boost the Twins stats a bit.

Bring back Mike Cuddyer—hopefully he can stay healthy and put up the numbers he did two seasons ago. The extention of Jason Kubel could be a good thing because he had a decent season. We will also see if Carlos Gomez can prove himself again.

As for Delmon Young, I wasn't too happy with his performance last year. I was excited to see him join the club, but he still has to impress me with the numbers he put up in Tampa Bay.

The Twins just need that extra "umph." Signing Joe Crede at third would help boost their offense too, if he can prove he can stay healthy.

The Twins are a very young team a lot of their players have a ways to go, but you must start somewhere. No, they don't have the money to spend like the Yankees or anyone else for that matter. Maybe they do, but they don't want to spend it, or are they waiting for the right catch?

No one knows what the future holds, but if they want to be a contender, they need to do something and fast.

They dont sell "umph;" you have to make it.

I see the Twins staying on top and possibly winning the division again, but they need to be able to play further then that. Good luck, Twins. Good luck, Twins fans—something tells me we might need it.