Current State of Minnesota Sports Teams

A lot has hap­pened with Min­nesota Sports teams in the past few weeks and months so if you’re try­ing to play catch up here’s what you missed.

MINNESOTA TWINS

The Twins as of April 30 are 11–11. Min­nesota won their tenth game of the sea­son on April 27. That is a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment over a dis­as­trous 2012 cam­paign where the Twins didn’t win their tenth game of the sea­son until May 13th. The Twins have got­ten an impres­sive start to the sea­son from new pitcher Kevin Cor­reia. Cor­reia has been solid post­ing a 3–1 record with a 2.23 ERA in five starts this year. Cor­reia last pitched April 28 where the right-hander tossed eight shutout innings beat­ing the Texas Rangers at home. The Twins bullpen has been noth­ing short of fan­tas­tic as well  with the Twins reliev­ers com­bin­ing for a 2.35 ERA. Offen­sively the Twins have been led by Joe Mauer, Josh Will­ing­ham and Justin Morneau. Mauer is hit­ting .289 with two home runs and 10 RBI. Will­ing­ham leads the Twins in both home runs (5) and RBI (13). Justin Morneau is hit­ting .250 with two home runs and has knocked 11 runs which is sec­ond on the team. If the Twins con­tinue to get solid pitch­ing and more offen­sive pro­duc­tion they will be on track for a much needed rebound sea­son in 2013.

MINNESOTA WILD

The Wild open a play­off series against the Chicago Black­hawks on April 30 in Chicago. The Wild are mak­ing their first play­off appear­ance in five sea­sons. Chicago is the over­whelm­ing favorite to knock off the Wild in the best of seven series. The Black­hawks were the NHL’s best team los­ing just six games in the lock­out short­ened sea­son. The Wild fin­ished with a record of 26–19-3. In his first year with the Wild, Zach Parise led the team in scor­ing net­ting 18 goals and adding 20 assists for 38 points. The Wild earned the eighth and final play­off spot in the West­ern Con­fer­ence after sput­ter­ing towards the end of the sea­son win­ning just four of their last ten games.  The Black­hawks I believe will be too much to han­dle and they will win the series in six games. Min­nesota should be able to win one of those games at home as they were 14–10 at the Xcel Energy Cen­ter this year.

The Wild also announced that their AHL affil­i­ate the Hous­ton Aeros will become the Iowa Wild for the 2013–14 sea­son. This is a very good oppor­tu­nity for fans to go watch Wild prospects in Iowa as the team is now a much shorter trip away from the Twin Cities and all of Min­nesota. The team should also get an atten­dance boost by mov­ing closer to the state of hockey.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

The Min­nesota Vikings con­cluded their 2013 draft last week­end using their first round selec­tions to take play­ers to fill holes in cru­cial posi­tions that were of team needs. With the 23rd over­all pick the Vikings selected defen­sive tackle Shar­rif Floyd out of the Uni­ver­sity of Florida. Floyd by some was a pro­jected top ten pick but fell to the Vikings at 23. Floyd pro­vides depth at that posi­tion with the aging Kevin Williams close to retire­ment.  The Vikings cer­tainly got a steal of pick in Floyd. With the 25th pick the Vikings selected Xavier Rhodes out of Florida State. Rhodes is a cor­ner back who was also close to a top ten pick so the Vikings were able to get another steal. With the release of Antoine Win­field, Rhodes should see sig­nif­i­cant play­ing time this sea­son and adds to a now young and tal­ented sec­ondary join­ing safety Har­ri­son Smith a first round pick of the Vikings last year. The Vikings traded up to get the 29th pick as well and selected Cor­dar­relle Pat­ter­son out of Ten­nessee. Pat­ter­son is a Wide receiver and the team hopes he can replace Percy Harvin in the future.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

The Tim­ber­wolves missed the play­offs yet again in 2012–13 and sub­se­quently fired Pres­i­dent of Bas­ket­ball oper­a­tions David Khan. Khan had come under crit­i­cism this year by star for­ward Kevin Love who ques­tioned the direc­tion of the fran­chise. The team has been rumored to be in talks with for­mer Wolves coach Flip Saun­ders to fill the void left by Khan. Noth­ing has been made offi­cial yet as no replace­ment has been offi­cially announced. The Tim­ber­wolves hold the eighth pick in the NBA Draft this June. Sev­eral mock drafts have the Wolves tak­ing UCLA for­ward Shabazz Muham­mad with their pick.

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