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Published April 05, 2010, 10:09 AM

Twins issues for 2010

(WDAY Sports) - Perm-a-grins are fixated on baseball fans all across the country today as opening day is finally here and as the Twins get set to begin a new season, questions are a plenty. Trevor Peterson and I try to figure out 2010.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Alright Trevor, a new Twins season is just hours away, what are your big thoughts coming into the season.

I'm most excited to see what the offense does this year. When you add Orlando Hudson, Jim Thome, and JJ Hardy to a team that scored the 5th most runs in the league last year; that is exciting. I know they don't play the games on paper but to me, the Twins should be a better offensive team this year.

Well you want to talk about is hitting, but pitching wins championships and the Twins suffered a huge loss when Joe Nathan went down. In my mind, the Twins went from A-L pennant contender to a fight to win the AL Central. That's how important Nathan is. We'll see how Jon Rauch does in the closer spot, but if he fails the twins may have to trade one of the prized prospects to nail down the 9th inning.

I hear what you're saying, but even more so than the relievers, I think starting pitching is the key. Last year the starters underachieved. They have to be better this year. If they are, the Twins will win the division.

This is a team that won 87 games last year so with an improved offense more experience for the starting five an even with the issues at closer, there's no reason the Twins don't win low to mid 90 and if they don't make the playoffs it'll be a disappointment.

Very bold stuff Trevor, the Twins seem to be everyone's pick to win the Central. The White Sox are better with Jake Peavy and the Tigers can't be overlooked, but there's no reason the Twins can't win 95 games and the Central, but don't be surprised if we've got another one game playoff to end the season.

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