Howard Sinker: Where will the 2014 Twins settle in?

  • Updated: April 15, 2014 - 10:27 PM

The Twins couldn’t have been as bad as they were during last week’s sweep by Oakland, which caused alarm about whether the 2014 season was spiraling downward in a hurry.

The Twins likely aren’t as good as they were last weekend, when they combined excellent starting pitching, some good hitting and a minimum of mistakes to sweep Kansas City, a team that has yet to find its hitting stride and exhibited some buffoonery in the field.

So now we’re left to wonder what the settling point will be for the Twins in a season that, throughout the American League, has done nothing to shake itself out in the first couple of weeks. This has not been the season of the hot start, or the dreadful one, for the Twins and their rivals.

I won’t tell you anything new here: The Twins’ starting pitching should be better, the offense should be more functional than it was during the worrisome days of spring training, when it even had Ron Gardenhire and Rob Antony wondering what was up. Remember that when you hear all the pronouncements now about how spring training doesn’t mean much in its winding-down weeks.

A Fan’s View: startribune.com/twins

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