Pick up the Slack: Early Twins optimism quickly erased by Royals sweep

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Well that put a damper on things.

After starting the year by taking a pair of series against playoff teams from a year ago, the Twins were swept in Kansas City to start the week, dropping to 4-5.

The series started with the Twins blowing a game late, then ended with the team digging too big of a hole right off the bat.

It was an inevitable dose of reality that this team isn’t really going anywhere, although it would have been nice if it could have waited a little while longer given the team’s fairly favorable early schedule.

So now what?

There’s always a chance the Twins could get back into it, although not without major improvements from the lineup.

It is certainly formidable on paper, but only if Justin Morneau returns to his pre-concussion form, and even then most other American League teams can match it.

The starting pitching has shown signs of being better than anticipated, although that isn’t saying much compared to the previous two seasons.

Will it be able to hold up once the weather warms? It’s iffy.

The focus now will be on developing the likes of Aaron Hicks and Kyle Gibson (assuming he gets called up around June) and seeing if Trevor Plouffe and Brian Dozier are long-term answers in the infield.