After spending one of the coldest winters on record in the Minnesota tundra the team must be excited to get to sunny Fort Myers, FL to get spring training started. The prospects for the Twins look good this baseball betting odds season as the team remains one of the best hitting teams in baseball odds and has a strong pitching staff which making it one of the favorites in the AL.
Baseball odds bettors know that this team has no problems putting the ball on play but that hasn’t always translated into runs in the baseball betting odds competition. In fact, the Twins finished last in HRs during the 2008 AL baseball odds season and lack of extra base hits probably cost the team the team a division title down the baseball odds stretch last year. The White Sox claimed the division by one game and that will certainly be a powerful motivator for the Twinkies in the upcoming baseball odds season.
All Star first baseman Justin Morneau is the team’s biggest bat and he’ll have to increase his power numbers if the Twins want to claim this year’s pennant in the AL Central. Despite putting up huge numbers last year Morneau’s HR total was down at just 23 round-trippers. Not a bad sum by any baseball odds measure, it was the highest total on the team. Teammates Michael Cuddyer and Jow Mauer, the other two big sticks in the lineup had down years, with Cuddyer’s stats positively nightmarish in the baseball odds competition. Look for both to have much better stats in the 2009 baseball odds campaign.
On the mound the team has a very young and a very solid rotation. Four of the team’s starting pitchers had at least 11 wins in the baseball odds competition last season and they’re all under the age of 27. Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano will hold down the one and two spots in this baseball betting odds rotation and both have the potential to win 20 games. In the pen, the team also has a talented stable of young relievers. Joe Nathan is one of the best closers in the AL baseball odds and finished up the year with 39 saves last season. His go to setup men will be Jesse Crain and second-year man Jose Mijares who could be a baseball odds star in the making.
The Twins will have plenty of competition in the tough AL Central, but if their sluggers bounce back from a down year in the 2008 baseball odds, and produce a few more runs, this team could easily win the division and perhaps even more in the 2009 baseball odds.
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