|Minnesota Twins 2006 summary|
MINNESOTA TWINS 2008 SUMMARY
The Twins are looking at cost cutting and after dealing away Santana and outfielder Torri Hunter, the Twins will be underdogs on the baseball bet boards this season.
Baseball bet online stats show that Minnesota scored 718 runs last season, ranking 12th out of 14 teams offensively. Hunter had a career year but Justin Morneau struggled. The team will need to do something to improve those numbers this season. The Twins still have All-Star catcher Joe Mauer who hit .293 with 7 HR and 60 RBI in just 406 at bats according to baseball bet online stats. The Twins also expect that Morneau will improve upon his numbers this season.
The Twins are looking at Brendan Harris to play second base since they lost Luis Castillo. The Twins did get Adam Everett from Houston and he instantly upgrades the defense at shortstop according to baseball bet experts. Everett can field but has never really hit according to baseball bet online stats. The Twins also picked up Mike Lamb from Houston and expect that he will win the third base job away from Nick Punto who had a horrible season a year ago.
The Twins picked up Delmon Young from Tampa Bay and he could develop into a run producer according to experts that look at baseball bet odds. He hit .288 with 13 HR last year according to baseball bet online stats. Minnesota also got Craig Monroe who played with Detroit and the Cubs last year. The Twins still have Michael Cuddyer who is a solid outfielder that baseball bet online experts like. The DH is Jason Kubel who hit .273 with 13 HR last year according to baseball bet stats.
The rotation is led by Francisco Liriano. He is now the stud pitcher on this staff with Santana gone. The rest of the starters have potential but are unproven according to baseball bet online experts. Boof Bonser, Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey and Glen Perkins will need to step up and contribute according to baseball bet online experts. The bullpen still has the reliable Jo Nathan but questionable setup men according to baseball bet online experts. Baseball bet online odds will have the Twins as underdogs in most games this season but Minnesota has enough talent to steal some games here and there and is not an automatic go-against versus baseball bet online odds.