Among the predictions made before Opening Day arrived last Thursday, not many folks seemed to be high on the Minnesota Twins.
In fact, it was hard to see mention of the Twins anywhere other than being footnotes in standing projections. ESPN not only predicted a third place, postseason-less year for Minnesota but snubbed every single player in the awards chatter.
We're still early in the season, but so far those predictions have aged poorly. Minnesota is 3-0 after sweeping the Kansas City Royals to start the season, and has sights set on continuing the winning streak down in Miami.
The team is eventually going to lose a game, but right now it's hard to see where that loss will happen. Miami comes into the series with a great leadoff man in Arraez but a 1-3 record to show for it. Kenta Maeda's start might be the one where the Twins get caught, but right now not much is going wrong for a team that came into this season with high expectations.
To see Minnesota living up to those expectations -- and then some -- has made this a magical start to the year.
Minnesota Twins starting lineup today vs. Miami Marlins (April 3, 2023)
If it's not broken, then don't fix it. That seems to be the mantra of Rocco Baldelli in submitting lineup cards for the first four games of the season. After not submitting an identical lineup in consecutuive games at all last season, the Twins have rolled out virtually the same lineup in each game so far this year.
The team is off to a 3-0 start and is one of three undefeated teams in the league, so why mess with a good thing?
Tyler Mahle will make his first start of the season for the Twins, which has a lot less pressure on it than 24 hours ago. Joe Ryan surrendered the first run of the season and joked after the game that he took one for Mahle.
Here's the lineup for today's game against the Marlins:
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The faith that Rocco clearly has in his lineup is being tested, though, at least among fans.
Max Kepler is the squeaky wheel through three games, having batted leadoff in every game but has yet to record a hit. The rest of the lineup playing as well as it has been helps take some of the heat off Kelper, but his offense was a notable storyline coming into the season and the lack thereof thus far is a bit troubling.
Coming into the Miami series Kepler is an abysmal 0-for-14, but has only struck out twice which means he's at least putting the ball in play. The concern there is that the shift ban was supposed to help rejuvinate his offense, yet he's been unable to turn any of the contact he's made into base hits.
There's still time for that to turn around, and faith in the clubhouse has yet to be shaken.
How to watch Minnesota Twins today: Twins vs Marlins live stream, start time, TV channel, and radio (April 3, 2023)
It's the first late-ish game of the season for the Twins, as the first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 pm local time in Miami. Minnesota's first three games of the year all started before 3:25 pm, and that's a trend the team will get back to after its stint in Miami.
There are two 5:40 pm CT games scheduled against the Marlins, but outside of that the Twins will play seven of their next ten games (including today) during the day. It's a nice way to start the season, rather than being subjected to the usual West Coast road trip full of late night ballgames for fans watching in the midwest.
Here's how to watch the Minnesota Twins today:
- Date: Monday, April 3rd
- Time: 5:40 p.m. CT
- TV Channel: Bally Sports North
- Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free) | MLB.tv
- Radio: WCCO 830AM