After reading the Star Tribune's comments over the weekend and some of the comments to the last Post I wrote - I really had to qualify my own thoughts and try to figure out what would be a successful season for the Twins in 2012.
It always kills me when different analysts look at the team and go " This is Key" etc.. My opinion stems from who would have thought Cuddyer would've had the year he had in 2010 in support of an ailing Justin Morneau. Actually a much better season than his team MVP year last year. So moving on .. what are going to be the key stories of 2012, and really will there be something or somebody that does more than we expect.
Did anyone expect Danny Valencia to hit .300 in 2010- and then the same in 2011- I dont remember reading it as a "key" to last year's success. = but it sure wouldnt have hurt.. I wont get on the Casilla bit again but JJ Hardy moving on couldnt have helped 2011. I know he was hurt alot but -who knows - So here are the stories I think will have to be played out for the Twins either way.
1. Mauer is comeback player of the year. hits .350, 18 homeruns - 100 runs scored - 85 RBIs
2. Ryan Doumit becomes the Twins secret weapon
3. Twins Starters show that eating innings and being consistent will work in the big leagues
4. Scott Baker wins 20 games
5. Parmalee hits 25 homeruns
6. Twins have not 1 but three candidates for Comeback player of the year--Mauer, Valencia, Liriano
7 Capps saves 40 games
8. Gardy awarded 3 year extension as Twins win 91 games
One more thing.. winning in the division is obviously really important but wouldnt it be nice to have a winning season against the American League East- I havent looked at the numbers but it has to be years if ever -since we have been in the plus win column against the Eastern Power.
Thanks for your comments.