Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Twins.2517222005.08
AL Central Division5th3rd2nd5th
American League 11th9th8th15th

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Danny Knobler's Take

So much depends on whether Joe Mauer’s back problems prove to be minor. With Mauer in the lineup, the Twins could be good enough to win a very tight division. Even if Mauer misses just a few weeks, the Twins could get by with backup Mike Redmond. But if Mauer is out too long, it’s hard to see the Twins winning. The other question for the Twins is whether Joe Crede can stay healthy, especially now that he’ll be playing home games on the Metrodome’s artificial turf. One big factor in the Twins’ favor: Joe Nathan is still the best closer in the division, and right up there with the best in the entire league. Another factor: For one final season, the Twins will enjoy their Dome advantage, maybe the biggest home-field advantage in baseball.

 
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Team Info
2008 record: 88-75, .540 pct. (2nd in AL Central)
As Twins manager: Ron Gardenhire, entering 8th year (622-512)
Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (56,144; artificial)
Target Field opening in spring of 2010 (40,000; grass)
 
Top Prospects
1. Aaron Hicks, OF
  Five-tool talent is years away from making an impact.
2. Ben Revere, OF
  Won't be a power threat, but there is plenty of room for basestealers with a good OBP.
3. Kevin Mulvey, RH/SP
  He will repeat Triple-A, but groundball pitcher has a chance to surprise by the second half.
4. Tyler Robertson, LH/SP
  This was their top left-handed pitching prospect before injury shut him down last season.
5. Luke Hughes, 3B
  A potential bat to help here, but he needs to open back in minors.
 
 
Veteran catcher Mike Redmond will be behind the plate more than expected to step in for Joe Mauer who will the season on the DL. (US Presswire)
 
 
Lineup
No.PlayerABHRAVGRBIRSB
1.D. Span, CF 347 6 .294 47 70 18
2.A. Casilla, 2B 385 7 .281 50 58 7
3.M. Cuddyer, RF249 3 .249 36 30 5
4.J. Morneau, 1B 623 23 .300 129 97 0
5.J. Kubel, DH 463 20 .272 78 74 0
6.J. Crede, 3B 335 17 .248 55 41 0
7.D. Young, LF 575 10 .290 69 80 14
8.M. Redmond, C 129 0 .287 12 14 0
9.N. Punto, SS338 2 .284 28 43 15
Pitching
No.PitcherIPW-LSVERAKsBB
1.S. Baker, RH (DL) 172.1 11-4 0 3.45 141 42
2.F. Liriano, LH 76.0 6-4 0 3.91 67 32
3.K. Slowey, RH 160.1 12-11 0 3.99 123 24
4.G. Perkins, LH 151.0 12-4 0 4.41 74 39
5.N. Blackburn, RH 193.1 11-11 0 4.05 96 39
CLJ. Nathan, RH 67.2 1-2 39 1.33 74 18
 
 
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2016 Team Leaders
AVGBrian Dozier , 2B.268
HRBrian Dozier , 2B42
RBIBrian Dozier , 2B99
OBPJoe Mauer , 1B.363
SLGBrian Dozier , 2B.546
RBrian Dozier , 2B104
SBBrian Dozier , 2B18
WHector Santiago , SP13
ERAErvin Santana , SP3.38
WHIPErvin Santana , SP1.22
KErvin Santana , SP149
SVBrandon Kintzler , RP17

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