Certainly this is not the start new manager, Paul Molitor was looking for. Through two games the Minnesota Twins have been outscored by the Detroit Tigers, 15-0. It’s no time to hit the panic button as it’s a long season, but, it hasn’t been pretty through the first 18 innings.
Following a season in which they finished in the top ten in runs scored, the offense was supposed to be a strength in 2015. Through the first two games they have nine hits and only one extra base hit. They’ve yet to have a baserunner reach third base and have had runners in scoring position just three times.
It doesn’t help matters when the leadoff hitter, Danny Santana, is 0-8 with four strikeouts. If Santana continues to struggle, don’t be surprised if Molitor makes a switch. Center fielder, Jordan Schafer, has been the lone “bright” spot in the Twins lineup. He’s 2-5 with a double batting out of the nine hole. Schafer has experience batting leadoff and Molitor could switch Santana and Schafer around if Santana continues to struggle.
Torii Hunter’s bat as yet to arrive from Florida. Batting cleanup, Hunter is 0-7 with three strikeouts. Not the start you want from your cleanup hitter.
The lack of offense doesn’t fall on Santana and Hunter. The Twins need everybody in the lineup to step up and produce. It’s no time to hit the panic button. There are 160 more games to go and teams go through stretches where they struggle to produce runs. Let’s just hope the Twins bats warm up soon.
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