Wednesday, June 1, 2011

May Showers Bring No Flowers

May Showered Down on the Twins
The month of May was a rainy spring month for the Twins and their fans. There were very few games to cheer about and the Twins continued to search for positives.  Here is a look at some of the most important things from the month of May:

LIRIANO-NO
The month started with a bang as Francisco Liriano pitched a no-hitter on April 3rd against the Chicago White Sox. With the ups and downs of this season, that game seems like many moons ago. The Twins swept the two-game series in Chicago and that would be one of the two series that the team won in the month. The other was a two-game series in Oakland.

Troubles Continue with the AL East
The Twins continued to struggle against opponents in the AL East. May saw the Twins lose series to the Red Sox and Blue Jays. This came off of the heels of losing four series against AL East teams in the month of April. For the season, the Twins are a combine 6-18 against the teams from the American League's Eastern Division.

Biggest Win = The Killebrew Memorial
The biggest win of the month might have been for an event that had nothing to do with the games being played on the field. The middle of the month saw the passing of the Twins legend, Harmon Killebrew. The following week the organization held a memorial at Target Field. The Pohlad Family and the Minnesota Twins spared no cost when it came to this service. The images of this evening will be etched into my mind for the rest of my life.

Injuries Pile Up
It seems like there has daily direct flights from the Twins farm club in Rochester to the Twin Cities. The month of May saw the Twins deal with a brash of injuries that will continue into the month of June. The team is piling up the injuries like it is the middle of a long season and not the beginning. A majority of the position players have missed time due to injury. The bullpen continues to shuffle from injuries and lack of performance. June should see the return of Nishioka and possibly the return of Mauer. Only time will tell with the later.

Slowey's Slowly Exiting
The Twins and Kevin Slowey are getting close to the point where they will be parting ways from each other. Slowey has not been able to adjust to pitching out of the bullpen. Slowey has been on the DL multiple times this season and this final injury seems to be the last straw. A starting spot in Rochester is waiting for Slowey when he returns from injury. But this is just a way for the Twins to show him off, before they trade this former starter.

Twins May Statistics (MLB Rank)
Wins: 8
R: 105 (26th)
H: 230 (21st)
BA: .244 (23rd)
SLG: .362 (26th)
HR: 21 (Tied 21st)
BABIP: .279 (Tied 25th)
OBP: .305 (Tied 27th)

The month of May was definitely a rough one for the Minnesota Twins. The summer months are coming and here's hoping the baseball play of the Twins starts to warm-up with the warmer weather. 

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