The Minnesota Twins had an interesting schedule to start the 2015 season when they opened with 15 straight games against fellow AL Central opponents, allowing them to really gauge where they stand.
Despite this, not much was learned as the team has struggled to stay consistent.
The Twins have played some bad baseball over the first few weeks of the 2015 season and they’ve also played some exceptional baseball. The bad baseball is easy to see, they opened the season by scoring just one run in a three game series against the Detroit Tigers. But this same Twins team has also handed the American League leading Kansas City Royals three of their four losses on the season.
The early roller coaster ride that Minnesota has tweeted fans to thus far has made the team break out to just a 6-9 record.
Everybody expected this to be a bad baseball team. The Twins have lost 90 or more games in each of the past four seasons and finished last in their division in three of those years, but there was a glimmer of hope heading into 2015 that had not been around the team in years. First-year manager Paul Molitor brought a different voice to the clubhouse, and a young team plus a stacked farm system showed better days ahead. The potential was there for this team to win.
Through the good and the bad, Minnesota now travels out west and stops playing divisional games for the time being, as they begin a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners. Phil Hughes, the team’s Opening Day starter, battles with Felix Hernandez, who led the league in ERA last year. The work is clearly cut out for the team, but many of the team’s wins have come against strong pitchers, including defending Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.
Every aspect of the Twins game this year has been inconsistent: hitting, pitching, base running and defense. The most glaring of these issues has been defense, but there is still improvement that needs to be made everywhere.
With divisional foes Kansas City and Detroit already jumping out of the gate fast, the Twins need to see the good team come out more often so they don’t find themselves out of the race quickly. Seattle enters the series with an equal 6-9 record and like the Twins, they struggle defensively and also enter the game with double-digit errors on the season.