I watched the game yesterday, and the Yankee game against the Orioles. Nova put things back in perspective, vis-a-vis the Oriole offense. They did not look like the same team against the Yankees and a starting pitcher with swing and miss stuff. We are going to need an extra infielder to stop all of the hot grounders going through our defense, given our starting staff...even when they are healthy. That is, when the balls are not clearing fences!
Willingham has looked good at the plate, and Morneau seems to be holding his own physically so far. However, Willingham looks lost in LF; I thought that was his primary position. I am ready to travel to Target field and start screaming at Mauer! He has what I call the "Casey at the Bat" syndrome. He is taking far too many fat first pitches. The opposing pitchers know it and he is getting typical 3-0 count FB's and letting them go...pitches he could be driving. He ends up swinging at worse pitches later and getting himself out.
It's early, and hopefully our offense is just going through a brief dry spell typical of Twins teams in recent years. The lineup has more punch now, and hopefully they can get hot pretty soon. Right now, I just don't know how to be optimistic regarding the starting pitching.
It's as though they are waiting for some divine intervention to set things right. They certainly need to start hitting, that is a given. They also need to start trending away from hitting so many ground balls.
The only way I can explain is through my own personal observation and that is they appear to be playing a passive game. They seem to be afraid to make mistakes. I thought you nailed it in another post last night. The whole "Oh, no....here we go again" attitude is prevalent once the other team takes the lead. Apart from Willingham, the at bats we have seen so far are among some of the worst we saw last season. I understand it's early, but the offensive numbers they have in these first four games are horrible. They had 41 games where they scored under 2 runs last year. They look like they will run into that same difficulty again. It just seems like a continuation of what went on last year. Until they change it and sustain some offensive prowess for a little while I have little to hang my hat on in 2012.
Even if they had a 'good' pitching staff this might not be a .500 team. Not with the offense it's generated since last season began.
I would agree with that.