Minnesota Twins Lack Power and Clutch Hitting

Ravuth ThorngCorrespondent IApril 3, 2008

Even though it is still early in the season, all I have to say is, here we go again.


The Twins have never really been known as a team with power. As a matter of fact, they hit the second fewest home runs last season in the American League last season.


The Twins are a small ball type of team, doing the little things, that some bigger clubs like the Yankees have a hard time doing, to manufacture runs.


But if the first few games are any indication of what is to come, they are in big trouble.


This seems to be the archetype of the Twins, good pitching performances, but no run support to give them the win.


Livan Hernandez's opening day performance was awesome, allowing only two runs on seven hits over seven frames, including a strikeout. Nick Blackburn's outing Wednesday was more impressive than Hernandez's as Blackburn went 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K, yet was tagged with the loss.


The Twins did not have an explosive lineup last season, even with Hunter on the club. The acquisitions for this season have shown that they possess power, but so far they have not done much. Not just that, the big bats from the previous years have been kept quiet so far this season as well.


Cuddyer, Morneau, and Mauer have been held to five hits in 30 at bats, while the newcomers Young and Gomez are batting nine for 22.


We have all seen that this team is talented, one through nine in the order can all hit, but this is ridiculous, four runs scored in three games. Its deja vu' all over again. Granted, Bonser's start wasn't too good and given the bullpen collapse, it would have taken a miracle to come back from that one.


A 1-0 loss, however, is really hard to stomach. Having Hunter's bat in the lineup would not have helped, he's 2-12 with his new club so far, but the Twins veteran bats need to step up their game.


Yes, there are still 159 games left giving them plenty of time to contend, but starting out on the wrong foot can lead to stumbles that you never recover from.


The Twins have a lot of talent, but they need to find some way of exploiting it.


Whatever they are doing right now, it's not working.