No Need for Minnesota Twins Fans to Overreact—Yet

Kramer SchmidtContributor IApril 13, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 6: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Seattle Mariners at the Metrodome on opening day, April 6, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

Currently the Minnesota Twins sit at 3-4 in the AL Central division standings. Yeah there have been a few issues, especially with the pitching staff but there's two big reason as to why I see no reason to hit the panic. Number one, Joe Mauer is still out of the lineup, Number Two, It's ONLY seven games into the season.

Probably the biggest reason for the slow start for the Minnesota Twins is the absence for Joe Mauer both behind the plate and in the batting order. Over the last three years, Mauer has hit .325 had an on-base pct. of .410 and drove in 229 runs.

Mauer's play has set up Morneau, Cuddyer and Kubel behind him. Combined between the three them with Mauer in the lineup they've hit .282 with 172 HR's and 765 RBI's. So therefore Mauer's absence is hurting the Twins.

The second reason not to panic is that its ONLY SEVEN GAMES into the season. There is still 155 games left in the regular season. The season is not decided in April so this is no time to be watching the standings and worrying.

Plus with it only being April the starters have only a chance to make one or two starts each. Everything will come around and by the end of the season the Twins will be in the thick of things in the AL Central.

It's only April, nobody needs to hit the panic button or start trading away the big name players. So everybody calm down and wait 'til August or September to start watching and worrying about the standings.