Minnesota Twins vs Toronto Blue Jays Series Preview

May 18, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders (21) exchanges a high-five with right fielder Jose Bautista (19) after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders (21) exchanges a high-five with right fielder Jose Bautista (19) after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Twins: What to do, what to do. Tied with Atlanta for the worst record in the major leagues, the Twins are re-tooling their line-up once again. Many, like myself, think the Twins should throw in the towel on play-offs prospects for 2016 and start playing the future now.

Veterans say there is such a steep learning curve, one that takes the average young player 1000 at bats to get comfortable. Given this, the front office should bring up those players and get that much needed experience now, instead of struggling through the curve again next year.

What 1982 taught us was that all this young talent came in together, struggled and lost together. Learned what it took to win, what bad habits to get rid of, and experienced a close comradeship as they fought to become relevant and make playoff runs.

This same formula was repeated with the Royals as they finally decided to go young, bring them up together, and sprinkle in some veterans in middle and late relief. Right now, the Twins have millions invested in mediocre starting pitching that is un-tradeable, journeyman outfielders, and no reliant back-end relievers to close out a game within grasp. Time to wipe the chalkboard clean.

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Notes: Pat Dean will get his first major league start in Saturday’s game after pitching well in relief Monday. Dean stretched his arm out to over 90 pitches in 5.1 IP, scattering 10 hits, allowing just 2 runs.

Former Twin lefty, Neal Cotts, asked for and was granted his release from the L.A. Angels yesterday. Cotts had a 3.29 ERA with 13 K’s/3 BB’s in 14 games. Maybe he thinks there’s an opening with the Twins.