With NFL season over, baseball fever sets in; How will the Twins do this season?Minneapolis, MN (WDAY TV) - Now that the NFL season is over, baseball fever can set in. Twins pitchers and catchers report to Fort Meyers, Florida two weeks from today.
By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY
Minneapolis, MN (WDAY TV) - Now that the NFL season is over, baseball fever can set in. Twins pitchers and catchers report to Fort Meyers, Florida two weeks from today.
For the Twins, the question is whether they can do any worse than the last 3 years in which they've lost 90 plus games each season.
Josh Willingham and starter Scott Diamond are two names that broke out in 2012, but struggled in 2013.
Willingham's home run and RBI numbers dropped 50 percent, while Diamond saw his win total drop from 12 to 6.
But Twins GM Terry Ryan is hopeful he has the right formula to turn those things around.
Terry Ryan/Twins General Manager: “There are quite a few guys that had off-years last year. I don't think I need to single them out, but, we went out and got some pitching. I think our bullpen is in pretty good shape. We had a very difficult time scoring runs last year. I didn't anticipate that at all, but we didn't score much. So, we have some things that we need to work on above and beyond starting pitching, which we think might be in order because we have a lot of numbers now.”
Ricky Nolasco/Twins Starting Pitcher: “We know the team has a lot of young guys. But, you know you just have to get out there and play with the guys. Everybody needs to get used to each other. That is what spring training is all about, everybody gets ready, hopefully we can carry a strong spring training into the season.”
The Twins open the regular season March 31st visiting the Chicago White Sox.