Week one of the season is done and it has been quite the roller coaster ride so far.
Expectations for the Twins were quite low going into Opening Day, yet optimism abounded after beating Torii Hunter and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, a team considered to be a serious World Series contender.
After the next game, however, the negativity returned.
The offense proceeded to score only five runs in the next three games, and against average pitchers (Jon Garland, Jon Saunders, and Erwin Santana.) The Twins lost the last three games of the series.
The bats continued to sputter against Kansas City over the weekend, but the pitching was good enough to steal two of three from the Royals. The Twins finished the week with a dissapointing 3-4 record.
Personally, I don't understand the negativity surrounding this team. Sure, the offense is pretty pathetic. But the Angels are a good team, and the Royals are an up-and-coming team. The Twins are in a rebuilding year, and this is almost how I expected them to play. If fans are moaning and groaning now, just think of the reaction after this week when the team hits the road to play three in Chicago, three in KC, and two in Detroit.
Bright spot of the week: Carlos Gomez. .357 BA, 10 hits, 4 steals, 12 total bases, and 4 runs.
Was this guy really in a competition for the starting center field job in spring training? Honorable Mentions: Livan Hernandez, Nick Blackburn, Boof's weight.
Gloomy spot of the week: The bats.
The Twins only managed to score 19 runs in 6 games. That is only averaging about 3 runs a game, including no runs in Nick Blackburn's major league debut. Honorable Mentions: Justin Morneau, post-opening day attendance.