Monday, June 6, 2011

A Few Good Notes-The Draft, A Sweet Sweep, Lots of Home Games, and the Hottest Hitter

  • Tonight, the Twins hold the 30th pick in the MLB Draft. I have seen many mock drafts and I'm pretty sure I have yet to see one player appear twice next to the Twins. Honestly, I hope they go with a pitcher or middle infielder with their pick. Actually, I hope this is what they emphasize throughout the draft. These are not just big club needs, they are organizational needs. These positions have a lack of depth throughout the organization that need to be addressed.
  • Yesterday, the Twins finished off a 4 game sweep of Kansas City. And surprisingly they did it without the likes of Mauer, Morneau, Kubel, Thome, and Span. They now open up a crucial three game set against the slumping first place Indians. Morneau and Span should be back in the lineup for this series. The Twins need to take two out of three against the Tribe if they wish to remain contenders (Yes, I said contenders).
  • After the Indians series concludes Wednesday, the Twins open up a stretch of 40 games where 30 of them will be played at Target Field. The Twins have only played 21 out of 58 games at home, so far this season. And out of those 21 home games, the Twins have won just 6. This from a team that has boasted a 446-284 (.611 win pct) record at home under manager Ron Gardenhire. As the season goes on, I would expect that home record to get back above .500.
  • In the past month, you may be surprised as to who the Twins hottest hitter is. No, its not Denard Span. No, its not Justin Morneau. No, its not Michael Cuddyer. Congrats to those who guessed Alexi Casilla. Because you, are right! Since May 1, Casilla has boasted a .321/.400/.540 line. This after April's .167/.227/.200 line. My only hope is that Casilla can continue to hit like this while the lineup around him returns to full strength.

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