We at Razzball realize that exporting our views across the country has damaging consequences on the blogosphere. To help make amends, we are reaching out to leading team blogs and featuring their locally blogged answers to pressing 2010 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for us anyway). The 2010 Twins Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of Minnesota native Sooze over at Babes Love Baseball.
1) Last year, the Yankees’ and Mets’ new stadia (or ‘stadiums’ for the bourgeois) had a huge impact on hitter values. Any word on whether Target Field will lead to some hitter bargains?
It looks like Target Field will actually be more of a neutral park, which favors neither hitters nor pitchers, but there are a couple interesting aspects: there is a ton less foul territory than there was at the Metrodome, and outfielders will actually be able to spot the baseballs in the sky as opposed to losing them in the whiteness of the dome. Also, it’s a three-foot longer trip to straight-away center field, which houses a few black spruce trees, so I suppose that makes it more of a pitcher-friendly stadium. I wonder how often it will snow there?
2) Joe Mauer turned on the power last year hitting one less HR (28) than he had in 2006-2008. He hit a ridiculous 16 of those HRs to the opposite field. The average on the projection systems is about 20. What do you think – over, under, or push on 20 HRs in 2010 for Mauer.
Over. He missed the entire month of April last season, and there is nothing — including his .429 batting average and .600 slugging percentage so far this Spring — which says he will under-perform compared to 2009. I say he nails 30 bombs and 100 RBI this year. And then proposes to me.
3) The Twins OF of Cuddyer/Span/Delmon Young with some Kubel thrown in projects to be rather awful defensively. Any concerns on how this might impact the young Twins pitchers?
4) Give me the over/under/push on the following:
Morneau 29 HRs — over
Kubel 80 RBI – push
Span 25 SB – push
Punto 1 HR — under (seriously. He’ll have negative 1 probably)
Slowey 150 IP — over
Liriano 4.50 ERA — under
5) Ron Gardenhire has an understandable weakness for light-hitting infielders given he was one during his playing career. Are you concerned he might gillooly Orlando Hudson or JJ Hardy to make sure he can get both Nick Punto and Brendan Harris into the lineup?
I hope Gardy doesn’t mess with the middle infield, I like it just the way it is. Punto and Harris are just going to have to deal with being mediocre at best, and thank their lucky stars they are even on a big league roster. And then they can high five each other on their way back to the bench during the platoon switch.