The following story is from my blog, Twins Territory.
Who would have thought? The team that traded away the best pitcher in baseball, lost one of their best offensive players and had one of the youngest and most inexperienced rotations in the league would be eleven games above the five-hundred mark at the All-Star Break?
Back on Opening Day, in my season preview, I wrote this:
The team has very low expectations this season, if you go by what sports publications around the country are saying. With that said, the Twins have a good shot to prove their critics wrong.
Many publications have the Twins finishing last, and just as many have them finishing third. If you can remember, the expectations in 2006 were low as well. Many critics had the Twins finishing fourth. The Twins went on to win the division after a stellar second half to prove many writers wrong.
The predictions don't matter, it takes a lot more than just talent to win. Other things that must fall into place are few injuries and organization depth. If the Twins can stay healthy this season, there is no reason they shouldn't at least be respectable.
After 95 games, I think it's safe to say that the Twins have been much better than "respectable". They're in second place in the American League Central, and have the sixth best record in the major leagues.
Who knows what will happen in the second half. As we've learned thus far, baseball is a crazy and very unpredictable game. But one thing is for sure. If the Twins continue to do what they've done thus far, there is no reason they can't prove the early season critics wrong yet again.