What We Learned From The Road
What we learned from the opening road trip of the 2011 season:
1. At least early on, the Twins a bit overmatched on the road. We are still very competitive (especially if our starting pitching cooperates), but lag in one key area: our “high flies” settle just before the warning track, while the home team jacks them out. Until our power threats (Morneau, Young, Kubel) starting swinging the lumber, we are at a big disadvantage. Thome is fine, though.
2. Our pitchers are going to give up home runs. Period. Not a one of them (besides maybe Liriano) is all that great at keeping the ball in the ballpark. Thus, we better not walk ANYBODY to put extra bodies on the basepaths. Target Field helps, but we still play 81 on enemy turf.
Oh yeah, and now Matty Tolbert will likely be the everyday 2B-man for awhile because of Nishioka’s broken fibula:
Preview (2-4, 5th, 2.0 GB CWS/CLE/KCR): Brett Anderson (0-0, 1.50) vs. Carl Pavano (0-1, 15.75). Home Opener!!