View from the other side
Patrick Reusse of the Star-Tribune reviews the season opener from the Twin Cities’ perspective. His take:
For one cool Monday afternoon in Seattle, the dollars spent on hitting were more beneficial to the M’s than were those used by the Twins to maintain their pitching.
One afternoon doesn’t mean a lot, of course. Also worth mentioning is that the Mariners’ budget affords them more flexibility to add players than Minnesota’s does. Regardless, Reusse is bearish on the Twins’ lineup.
[T]he Twins — rich in pitching, marginal in hitting — were feeble against Jamie Moyer, the 42-year-old, slop-throwing lefty.
The decision to give full priority to pitching has this downside: It has left the Twins with hitters of limited experience batting second (Jason Bartlett), third (Joe Mauer) and fourth (Justin Morneau), as well as eighth (Michael Cuddyer).
There is another way to look at that, of course: with so many young hitters, there seems to be significant room for the Twins to improve. Whether this is the year that any one of them takes an offensive leap forward is uncertain, of course, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this team got better offensively as the season went on.
Recall, too, that Justin Morneau is still getting his strength back after having virtually every illness known to humans this offseason. Unless he gets the hydrophobia, and they have to shoot him like Old Yeller, he’ll hit.
Perhaps the most entertaining part of the article is this quote from Jacque Jones:
“After Moyer, even Eddie looked like he was throwing gas,” right fielder Jacque Jones said.
I bet Jones gets a hot foot or a pie in the face from Eddie before he leaves town.