Out On A Limb (Care to Join Me?)

Now that Spring Training is wrapping up, it’s time to turn our focus to the regular season.

I’m tired of debating who the last member of the bullpen should be and who the last reserve on the bench should be. In the grand scheme of things, it just doesn’t matter. The things that do matter start happening at the end of this week!

That means it’s time for all of us to consult our Zoltar machines.

I’m sure there will be no shortage of other Twins blogs who will be giving all of us opportunities to offer our predictions concerning how the Twins, collectively and individually, will perform in 2011. We will be able to proudly predict another AL Central Championship or share our thoughts concerning which Twins will lead the team in various statistical categories.

Here at Knuckleballs, we’re not going to let you off that easy.

We want to stretch those imaginations and predictive powers that lie deep within the grey matter that fills that lump three feet above your ass (I promise… that’s my last Tom Hanks movie reference in this post) and make everyone go out a bit on a limb with their prognostications.

We want to know what sort of crazy stuff you expect to happen this season. To that end, here are some questions we want you to give careful, considered thought to (or just throw out the first response that comes to mind… we really don’t care). The key is… tell us something you expect to happen that we aren’t going to hear from many (if any) others over the next week or two.

1. A prediction specifically related to the performance of a Twins player.

2. A prediction specifically related to the unexpected (in a positive or negative way) performance of a non-Twins player.

3. A prediction related to the unexpected (positive or negative) performance of a team other than the Twins.

Finally, let us know what you expect from the Twins this season.

4. Fill in the blanks: The Twins will win ___ games and finish in ___ place in the AL Central Division. They will (choose one):

___ not make the playoffs

___ be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs (again!)

___ be eliminated in the AL Championship Series

___ lose to the NL Champion in the World Series

___ WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS BABY!

To get everyone started, here are my predictions:

Future ROY: Tsuyoshi Nishioka

1. Tsuyoshi Nishioka is going to win the AL Rookie of the Year award.

2. If he gets healthy enough to pitch this season, Johan Santana will finish the season in the NY Yankees’ rotation.

3. The Baltimore Orioles will finish 2nd in the AL East and challenge for the Wild Card playoff spot.

4. Twins will win 97 games, finishing 1st in the AL Central and get ready to hoist a new banner, boys and girls, because our guys are gonna win it all in 2011!

So… what about you? Use the comment section to dazzle us with your predictive powers!

– JC

6 thoughts on “Out On A Limb (Care to Join Me?)

  1. 1. After recovering from his silly wart, Michael Cuddyer be healthy all year and will be better than 2006 form hitting 26 home runs .305avg/.375OBP/.500SLG

    2. Ryan Raburn is going to have a breakout year for hte Tigers after being declared the primary LF in the offseason

    3. Milwaukee Brewers led by Greinke, Hart and Braun will win the NL Central. They will battle day in and day out with St. Louis. Fielder as an off year.

    4. The Twins will win 99 games and finish in 1st place in the AL Central Division.

    WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS BABY!!!

  2. 1. Pavano will finally get pants that fit. What? I consider it a performance issue. You didn’t specify.

    2. ManRam will trip on his saggy pants and get his dreds caught in someone’s spike trying to steal a base.

    3. The WSox WILL choke.

    4. World Series Champions!!!! (why the hell not?!!!?)

  3. I’ll play:
    1. D. Young will lead the team in HRs and RBIs, and will get at least 1 first place MVP vote.

    2. Carlos Silva will either win 10 games for someone, or be charged with a felony level crime.

    3. Texas misses the playoffs entirely.

    4. The Twins will win 92 games and finish in 1st place in the AL Central Division. I’m sensing a little peer pressure. I’ll jump on the bandwagon and say World Series. 1991 feels like a long time ago.

  4. good to see you all getting in to the spirit of this… and I like the optimism!

  5. 1. Drew Butera’s batting average hovers around .300 for most of the year
    2. Alex Rodriguez hits 15 homers in the first month of the year, and finished the year at 17 because of an extended power drought
    3. The Cleveland Indians will challenge the 1962 Mets fultility record (they finished at 40-120)
    4. The Twins will win 85 games and finish in 1st place in the AL Central Division. They will be be eliminated in the AL Championship Series

  6. 1. Little Sidekick will lead the team in triples.

    3. The Diamondbacks will openly revolt against Kirk Gibson for not allowing clubhouse fun.

    2. Mark Bitchle will only be able to pitch at 80% efficiency. He will, however, manage to bitch at over 9,000%. (Yes, old meme is old.)

    4. 87 T-wins, first place yet again, lose to NL team.