1. Kendrys Morales' time with the Twins was the equivalent to spring training
I thought he did fine with Minnesota. Basically, his tenure with the Twins was his spring training. That's about how long it takes to get ready for a season. I don't care who you are. He basically finished his spring training with Minnesota and now it remains to be seen how effective he'll be with the Seattle Mariners. I think he's a pretty good hitter. I think he's got a good idea of the strike zone. I think he could help a ball club. The other part of that is it's pretty clear that at this point in time between now and July 31 that the Twins are sellers. I don't know if they're going to try to acquire anybody to help them through the balance of this year.
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2. I'd be surprised if the Twins don't make any more trades
They're looking to try to build for the future and get enough young players together at the same time and try to get this ball club and this organization back into playoff contention. Not only would I not be surprised if they don't make a trade, I'm not going to say it's imperative, but they were sellers last year and they tried to get something for Justin Morneau. There are probably a couple of guys on the ball club that might be coveted by other teams as they try to prepare for playoff contention. If it's the right deal, I think it's probably imperative that the Twins try some way, somehow to get some younger players in return.
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3. The starting rotation needs to get healthy in a hurry
You've just got to find some healthy bodies and some healthy arms and find somebody that can chew up innings. Kyle Gibson was unable to make his start, so Anthony Swarzak stepped in and did an admirable job and gave his team an opportunity to win the ballgame. Yohan Pino had 10 years in the minor leagues. He's got a couple starts under his belt and a win under his belt. The idea is to go out there and get another win.
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4. The Twins' 3-7 record this homestand is disappointing
Probably the thing that hurts the most going 3-7 at home was the fact that two of these three series were division games against Cleveland and Chicago. They played Cleveland pretty tough, which is good, but only salvaged one game out of the White Sox series. That's kind of difficult to swallow when you think about the fact that this club was really playing some good baseball into the break. The thing about the All-Star break is sometimes it comes along at a really good time and sometimes it comes along at a really bad time. Maybe the break came along at a bad time for the Twins because they played some really nice baseball in Seattle against some really good pitching and they played some nice baseball in Colorado. They were on a bit of a roll. But that's part of the game. That's baseball. You've got to find a way to deal with that.
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5. Minnesota needs Joe Mauer's bat back in the lineup
Sometimes I think it's vital that Joe's in the lineup to set the example for the other guys on the club. But there are also times when I watch this club and I don't know if anybody is looking to Joe to be the leader of this club, to be the guy out front. If your best player is not in the lineup and your guy that hits .320, .330 every year is not in the lineup, certainly you're going to miss him. But there have been times when this ball club has rallied around the fact that Joe's not in the lineup. They miss him getting on base and scoring some runs.