A Good Start

by john on April 4, 2003

Too bad the Minnesota Twins can’t play the Triple-A Detroit Tigers every series this season. Thanks to the generosity of the schedule makers for throwing that chunk of meat at our boys we’ve managed to get off to a 3-0 start for the second time in three years.

Detroit was over-matched every game, spreading 10 hits over 3 games and scoring a total of 2 runs. Our pitching was great, the hitting was more than adequate (27 hits producing 14 runs), and of course the defense was spectacular.

Unfortunately I fear this early success will jade the team into thinking it will be this easy all season. Let’s face it, the Tigers (the kittens?) really are a Triple-A club, not a MLB team. During Wednesday’s game they had 4 different pitchers make their major league debut. The first time that has ever happened, at least dating back to Naismith Doubleday (thanks Google).

With Eric Milton out for most of the season and with questions about Joe Mays’ elbow there was a bit of trepidation about the pitching staff this year. But beyond just the fact we whooped Detroit a number of questions have been answered so far, and more will be nailed over the weekend. Radke is strong after an off-season conditioning program. Mays appears past his mind problems related to his elbow. Lohse is turning into a strong pitcher. Hawkins is throwing a wicked change-up.

So far, so good.

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