Jason Kubel's lousy hitting: not too worried about our guy J-Kubes turning things around (seen here following through on the first regular season HR at Target Field). But, I am concerned that our furry faced masher will get the Philadelphia Freedom Taser Treatment from one of our angry pitchers if he doesn't get his little batting shoes laced up tight shortly.
#8: Twins hitters are showing great plate discipline: used to be, this club was known for swinging their bats wildly from the moment they left the dugout, going back to Kirby Puckett. Now, with Big Jim Thome, Morneau and Mauer leading the way, they're wearing out the opposing pitcher by the 5th, 6th inning. Even Delmon Young is taking bad pitches for balls, of all people on the planet. That said, we follow up with...
#6:Fielding expertise: the Twins are THE best fielding club in the majors. It's estimated that the infield play of Hardy and Hudson alone will amount to enough saved runs to equal 4 wins, minimum. WEB GEM!
#5: How inane and ridiculous the "put a roof on it" crowd are: Friday, May 7th, marked the first rainout at Target Field. This was inevitable. Yet, it prompted one "d123b123" to comment for the StarTrib:"OUTDOOR BASEBALL IN MN=DUMBEST IDEA EVER...Good luck next week as the forecast isn't much better..." In between spluttering expletives degrading the man/womanhood of that poster, I will repeat: 3-4 rainouts, total average, for 21 years outdoor at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Listen to me, junior: cold weather will rear its head early and late in the season, but do you sacrifice the cool skyline and perfect summer days with a $150M partial roof for 3-4 days??? GO HOME OUTDOOR HATERS!
#4: Stellar Closer Relief pitching by Jon Rauch:
It looks as if I was wrong about Rauch being an ineffective closer in replacing the injured Joe Nathan. I thought by now that fine minor leaguer Anthony Slama would at least be in the discussion, having saved in excess of 50 games the last two years at AA / AAA ball. It would appear at this point that someone in the Twins offices doesn't feel as if Slama will ever be ready for prime time, not having an explosive fastball. That issue will remain moot if Rauch keeps staring down the barrell and walking away from it!
#3: What a rather LARGE baby pitcher Kevin Slowey can be!