CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 8: Ben Revere #11 of the Minnesota Twins hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 8, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 3-2 in extra innings. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Twins Record This Week: 6 - 1
Twins Record Overall: 23-38
This Week's Fan Confidence Rating: 25
We're back! And this time we're keeping it simple, and I'll tell you why: because your Minnesota Twins just had their first winning week of 2011!
When it comes down to it, the biggest effect on fan confidence is how many games the team wins. Let's not get ahead of ourselves: the Minnesota Twins are still the worst team in Major League Baseball. But that doesn't mean we can't be excited about and appreciate our team when they actually play good ball and win a few games.
The starting pitching has been outstanding recently. More over the weekend in Kansas City than this week in Cleveland, Alexi Casilla continues to be a sparkplug. Speaking of sparkplugs, Ben Revere has shown flashes of why the Twins chose to make him their number one draft pick in 2007: when hits fall he becomes a terror. He makes Casilla look slow.
Michael Cuddyer, the one remaining regular who isn't completely sucking, is slowly but steadily improving his line. Even Luke Hughes, the guy that last week was drawing speculation that he could be removed from the 40-man roster, has delivered. He's had a good series against the Indians. Of course a battered and bruised Justin Morneau is still good enough at baseball to pick up a few key hits, too.
All in all this has been by far, bar none, without a shred of a doubt the absolute best week of baseball we've seen from the Twins all year. There are no heavy hitters, but they're fast and when they click at the same time they can be fun to watch.