Spring Training has started for the Minnesota Twins down in Fort Meyers, Florida. Target Field is ready to go for Opening Day in April, and there is optimism in Minnesota after many free agent signings, and hope for a World Series Title in 2010. Here are three key questions for the Minnesota Twins entering the 2010 season:
1. How good will the starting rotation and relievers be this season?
The starting rotation appears to be ready to get going this season and prepared to do wonders this season. Carl Pavano, Kevin Slowey, Scott Baker, and Nick Blackburn all appear to have the top four spots nailed down, and the fifth spot is open for competition.
Brian Duensing, Francisco Liriano, Jeff Manship,Glen Perkins, and Anthony Swarzak will compete for that fifth spot. Liriano has had a great winter, and team representatives are saying that he looks to be at his old form before he had Tommy John surgery. Duensing and Swarzak had good rookie campaigns, and appear to be ready for 2010.
Manship is a young pitcher who has good upside, and also looked good last season. Kevin Slowey is the only starting pitcher with questions as he is coming off an injury but appears to be set to pitch in 2010.
In the bullpen, there are some old faces, and some new faces. New acquisition, Clay Condrey from the Phillies via free agency will look to add stability to the bullpen. Pat Neshek returns from injury, and will look to get back to his old form. Jon Rauch, Jesse Crain, Jose Mijares, and closer Joe Nathan return in the bullpen.
Mijares isn't at spring training again because of visa problem, but I am certain he'll be there soon. Nathan will look to put last season's postseason against New York. Nathan is one of the game's best closers and be one of the best for the Twins to go far this year.
2. What will the starting lineup look like on Opening Day?
The Twins have many returning players, but also have many new faces entering the Twins lineup this season.
New faces this season include Jim Thome, JJ Hardy, and Orlando Hudson. Possible newcomers that might come up from the minor leagues are Trevor Plouffe, Danny Valencia, and Luke Hughes.
The Minnesota Twins 2010 lineup may possibly look like this: 2B Orlando Hudson, CF Denard Span, C Joe Mauer, 1B Justin Morneau, RF Michael Cuddyer, DH Jason Kubel, LF Delmon Young, SS JJ Hardy, and 3B Brendan Harris.
That lineup is pretty solid, and it will be interesting to watch as the season unfolds this season.
3. How good will the Minnesota Twins be this season?
The Minnesota Twins open Spring Training with high expectations. They went out and got many stars that were brought in to lead this team back to greatness. The returning players must also step up, be leaders, and lead this team back to the playoffs.
This team has the skill to win the World Series, and now they just need to put that into practice, and go into the season optimistic, and looking to succeed in 2010.
Now tune into the 2010 season to see how the Minnesota Twins perform this season.