Sure the Minnesota Twins are still the worst team in the American League, but things are looking better. They've surpassed the Padres and Cubs, at least, having won six of their last 10 games heading into the Wednesday night game against the Royals.
The roster that manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Terry Ryan were toying with in April is starting to settle down, and the Twins bats are starting to make some noise.
Currently with a .382 winning percentage, the Twins are still projected to finish 62-100, exceeding the mark of futility from last season, when they avoided their 100th loss on the last day of the season against the Royals at Target Field.
But the Twins are playing better than that now.
Gone are re-tread veterans Sean Burroughs and Jason Marquis. Luke Hughes and Clete Thomas, who played four and 12 games respectively for the Twins, are now with other organizations. Danny Valencia has been dispatched to Triple-A in hopes of regaining the form he had the second half of 2010 when he hit .311 in 85 games with seven home runs and 40 RBIs.
The starting rotation has three new faces, and the M&M boys are starting to come around.
While the Twins won't be competing for the division or a Wild Card playoff spot, they have been playing more competitively and are even a little easier to stomach these days—of course it does help that Francisco Liriano is back in the rotation and Nick Blackburn is off the disabled list.
As the spring moves to summer, here are five reasons things are looking brighter for the Minnesota nine.