Minnesota Twins: Are they ready for the playoff stage?
The Minnesota Twins have been very busy throughout this offseason. The Twins brought in pitchers Zach Duke, Fernando Rodney, Addison Reed and Jake Odorizzi. Minnie also agreed to a one-year deal with ex-Ray Logan Morrison.
Minnie is becoming one of the better teams in the American League thanks to an aggressive front office, but also because they have received huge contributions from players they have developed.
Second baseman Brian Dozier recorded 93 RBIs in 2017 and Miguel Sano smacked 28 homers while manning the hot corner.
On top of that, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario combined to drive in 147 RBIs for the Twins last season.
Outside of veteran starter Ervin Santana (3.28 ERA and 61 BB in 211.1 innings), there wasn’t much success coming from the Twins pitching staff a season ago.
So, with the free agent acquisitions along with other offseason moves, Minnesota should be a threat to make a deep playoff run in 2018. Their division is basically in rebuilding mode. The Cleveland Indians looks like a potential playoff team, but even they have questions on their pitching staff.
Throughout the course of this 162 game campaign, Minnie will have to answer a few questions:
A) Can anyone step up during the absence of Ervin Santana? (Santana had middle finger surgery earlier this month and is expected to miss the start of this season.)
B) How will manager Paul Molitor use young arms in his bullpen?
C) Can Minnie’s offense produce at a high level again in 2018?
If Minnie can answer these questions effectively than there’s no doubt they can compete with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.
The Twins also signed long-time veterans Erick Aybar and Anibal Sanchez during the past week. These players add extra competition in camp and can become good role models for the youngsters already in camp.
The Minnesota Twins have the right mindset heading into the regular season. With guys like Joe Mauer and Paul Molitor leading the way, Minnesota will be right in the thick of things for years to come.