Beginning Baseball: The Twins Need Change…NOW!

Next week marks the start of June. Yeah, so what? I will tell you what.

According to my baseball savvy friends, I have until the start of June to use the excuse “It’s only the beginning of the season.” Once, June starts, BAM! It’s no longer the beginning of the season.

This is a phrase I have used much too often over the past two months. As we all know, the Twins aren’t exactly having a “dream” season, and as June swiftly approaches, the reality of it all is beginning to sink in.

But, what are they doing wrong?

After last week’s three wins, I thought we were on a new path – especially after Thursday night’s 11-1 win against the Athletics. But oh how foolish of me to get my hopes up, only to have them crushed by the Diamondbacks who efficiently swept my crumbling team.

Maybe you heard some chatter through a social media channel. Or perhaps you dared to Google “Twins Bullpen.” Either way, what you are bound to find is not pretty. Here is one article I found from Twinkie Town that describes a lot of the frustration Twins fans are feeling right now. I start to chuckle as I read it, until I start to realize the story is more true than just an angry exaggeration.

Pitching with a blindfold

Bullpen, bullpen, bullpen is what you’ll find if you search for news regarding the Minnesota Twins. That seems to be the target of most discouraged Twins fans. And I can’t disagree. I have spent too many games this season feeling confident with the starting pitcher, only to have the relief pitcher or closer give up multiple runs. Saturday night’s game against the Diamondbacks might be one of the messiest games of the season for the bullpen.

But that’s not even the worst part. What about our consistency? Excuse me, I mean inconsistency. Our starting pitchers aren’t off the hook. Riddle me this: How can Liriano throw a no-hitter against the White Sox one game and the next time out he allows four runs on three hits and three walks over three innings?

Of course, our pitchers are not the only one with inconsistencies. The issues in the team’s pitching just seem to stand out more than the rest of the problems with the Minnesota Twins team. Maybe I am just being over critical because I am still an amateur when it comes to baseball.

I can’t tell you how it should be fixed. I don’t know that answer. But I know the Twins are consistently losing, and the only way to fix that is with change. I am hoping they change something before June rolls around. What do you think the Twins need to change?

About Amanda Lawson

A Wisconsinite stuck in Iowa, Amanda began her journey as a new baseball and Twins fan by sharing her experience on Midwest Sports Fans with the Beginning Baseball column. You can follow her on Twitter @AmandaRLawson to stay up-to-date on the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and other sports information. Besides her work on MSF, Amanda also contributes her Packer knowledge at PocketDoppler and co-hosts every Thursday night on CheeseheadRadio.


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