We're now about a quarter of the way into the season and the Twins have apparently caught a case of Minnesota Sports Team disease. The Toronto Blue Jays are a profoundly flawed team but they came into Target Field and kicked the crap out of the Twins this past weekend. Their slugger Jose Bautista put the lie to the notion that it's difficult to hit home runs in Target Field by hitting three bombs in yesterday's 11-3 beatdown.
The Twins have built up considerable good will in this market because they have been consistently entertaining for the past decade. The product they are putting on the field right now is abysmal. Will the eventual return of Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Jim Thome and sainted Joe Mauer make enough of a difference to overcome the other teams in the division, especially the red-hot Cleveland Indians? It's hard to see how.