Oh, the Minnesota Twins, the little wholesome team with the hometown hero and the Canadian boy. They had so much promise, but all that could go wrong, did go wrong. So let’s check out their horrendous season last year. Minnesota Twins Record: 63-99 Finished: 5th in AL Central Playoffs: N/A Top Pitcher: Scott Baker 9-8, 3.14 ERA, 123 SO Top Hitter: Michael Cuddyer .284 AVG, 20 HR, 70 RBI Manager: Ron Gardenhire Important Acquisitions: Daniel Rams, Ryde Rodriguez, Chris Collabelo, Brad Thompson, Jason Marquis, Joel Zumaya, Josh Willingham Important Losses: Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Jose Mijares, Joe Nathan and Matt Tolbert
Last season was a rough one for Twins fans, both of their star players, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer were plagued with injuries and ailments which led them to combine for just 7 Homeruns all year. Yes you read that right 7! Mauer was under a lot of scrutiny for this, as if he wasn’t really trying. This angered me because the man was injured, and he’s a Minnesota native who decided to stay in Minnesota instead of going to a team like the Dark Lord New York Yankees. I believe that both Morneau and Mauer will have comeback seasons. The Twins did lose their best offensive player from a year agom Michael Cuddyer this could be a problem if the aforementioned Mauer and Morneau are unable to produce. During the off-season the Twins signed a lot of pitchers, this was probably a good idea, seeing as only one of their pitchers had a winning record last season. The Twins had an abysmal season last year, but don’t worry Twins fans, I see a huge improvement. I don’t think they will have a winning record or make the playoffs, but at least this team will be a fairly competitive team and give you all a false sense of hope. Prediction Record: 78-84 Finish: 3rd in AL Central Playoffs: N/A Top Pitcher: Scott Baker 10-8, 3.19 ERA, 138 SO Top Hitter: Joe Mauer .312 AVG, 19 HR, 89 RBI Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/criticsfromthecouch
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As a casual NBA fan, every year I have difficulty choosing which bandwagon to hop on for that season. I’ve gone from the Suns, Raptors, Cavaliers and yes, the Heat. So the top 4 bandwagons this year are:
1) The Los Angeles Clippers
The LA Clippers are the ultimate bandwagon team, they’re full of points and highlights…And you clearly only like them for that fact; there’s no emotional attachment at all. The Clippers had a great team even before the almighty Stern granted them CP3. With Blake Griffin (easily the most exciting basketball player in the NBA right now), Deandre Jordan (whose been known to put in some highlights of his own), Chauncey Billups (a man who couldn’t take the New York lifestyle so he decided to move to the small town of Los Angeles) and Eric Bledsoe. Even that team right there would’ve been a highlight factory but then they added CP3 and created Lob City. With a name like that you know they are worth your time as they just Dunk!
2) The Miami Heat
The Miami Heat… The Dream Team… The greatest team ever assembled… The team that went 82-0 and and won the NBA championship 200-10 over the old Dallas Mavericks. Oh wait sorry, those last two things never happened, ANYWAYS, the Miami Heat is a highlight factory of their own with the big named stars; Lebron James (one of the greatest NBA players of all time), Dwayne Wade (easily in the top 3 for best shooting guards in the NBA) and Chris Bosh (Although Bosh has gotten flack from writers and Shaq; let’s not forget this is the man who single handedly brought the Raptors to NBA playoffs. Let me say that again the Raptors.) There is only one major flaw for liking the Heat. You clearly jumped on their bandwagon last season and most fans will see you as a total DICK.
3) Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies had a beautiful Cinderella story last year knocking off the Spurs in the first round playoffs. But beyond that there isn’t much other than having Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol’s less attractive and less talented brother. They’re like Rick Santorum; they’ll have a nice Cinderella story but you know there’s no way they’ll win.
The Timberwolves are by far the team I’m most excited about. This team consists of Kevin Love (who dominates in almost all stat categories), Ricky Rubio (who is the #1 rookie at the moment), Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams. Now this bandwagon can be the sleeper pick of the year or could easily miss the playoffs. The real beauty of hopping on this teams’ bandwagon is the fact that no one will EVER call you on this. Who would doubt a Minnesota Timberwolves fan? Are they supposed to call you on the fact you like a team that went 17-65 last season?