Minnesota's Power Outage: Addressing The Twins' Lack of Power In 2011

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Minnesota's Power Outage: Addressing The Twins' Lack of Power In 2011
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As the Twins saw their postseason dreams come to a halt at the hands of the New York Yankees this past October, the team still had plenty to be proud of as they entered the offseason. The organization had brought baseball back outdoors in Minnesota for the first time in three decades, and saw a great deal of success in doing so.

The Twins were an American League best 53-28 at Target Field, removing any doubt as to whether or not the team would still have a home field advantage without the now deflated Teflon top that the Metrodome provided.

If there was one complaint about Target Field however, it was the lack of power that the team displayed within the confines of their home turf. As a team, the Twins only hit 52 home runs at Target Field in 2010, while hitting almost twice as many on the road. The team also struck out more than 100 times at home than on the road, a sign that the players were likely working on compensating for the dimensions of this pitcher friendly ball park.

On paper, the team has the capacity to put up great numbers and score many runs, but if the team doesn't solve their power struggles and put some pop in their bats in 2011, they may find themselves on the outside looking in come playoff time.

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