Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

The Forums

Promotions That Did Happen

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:57 AM
Santana has a 5/1 K/BB ratio and .394 BABIP. He is going to regress into something approaching Florimon territory I suspect. Yet anothe...
Full topic ›

What Should be Done in the Next Five Days

Minnesota Twins Talk 26 Jul 2014
I'd be for Plouffe trying LF or RF. Might actually be an asset - his arm isn't so bad. Likely when Willingham is traded.    I d...
Full topic ›

Astros mess

More Baseball 15 Jul 2014
Appel was having issues. they wanted their coaches to get a look at him. How would you go about doing that, other than having him throw...
Full topic ›

Promotions That Did Happen

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:57 AM
There is always a need for guys like pino and Johnson. Once may and Meyer are up and an injury happens you want those guys for a few spot...
Full topic ›

Article: Welcome to the new Twins Daily!

Questions About MinnCentric 26 Jul 2014
The new site looks great.  I have a question.  I used to view the forums by clicking "what's new" or something like that. ...
Full topic ›

The Store

Recent Blogs

What Would It Take To Come Back?

Here at the All-Star break, the Twins find themselves 11 games out of first place, with a record 13 games below .500. The most likely scenario is that they sell off their assets within the next couple weeks and coast to a forgettable finish near the bottom of the division.

But just what would it take for the Twins to surge back to the top of the division here in the second half? Anyone would have to admit that it's still possible, if extremely improbable. We've seen this team make up some significant deficits after the break in years past under Ron Gardenhire.
[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]

Attached Image: shooting_star.jpg


Below, I've listed out a few things that, in my mind, would have to happen for the Twins to pull off their greatest turnaround yet. Feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments section. (And, please, no "It's not going to happen" responses. The unlikelihood is obvious.)

1) Come out of the break on fire.
The trade deadline is only two weeks away, and with a double-digit deficit in the standings, the front office will have no choice but to sell. Without the likes of Francisco Liriano and others, they team will be dead in the water. If, however, the Twins can rattle off a bunch of wins in short order – including dominating key series against the White Sox and Indians – Terry Ryan may be compelled to keep the gang together and see what they can do.

2) Dominate the division.

I hinted at this above, but the Twins would really need to lay the hammer down on divisional opponents. They're 11 games behind and trailing four different clubs, so with 77 games remaining there is little margin for error. They probably can't afford to lose a single series against Chicago, Detroit or Cleveland.

3) The White Sox must fall.
Quietly, the Sox have turned into one of baseball's finest teams. Their 47-38 record ranks as sixth best in the majors, and they've been on a tear lately winning 11 of their last 15. If Chicago wins 90-some games, the Twins won't be catching them. Similarly, the Twins need the Tigers and Indians to remain lukewarm in the final months.

4) Starting pitching must lead the way.
Shockingly, the Twins got three good starts against an offensive powerhouse in Texas heading into the break. Yet, their starters still own the worst ERA in the American League. Minnesota will need to win at a .650+ clip from here on out to have a chance; they simply won't be doing that without vastly improved starting pitching.

5) The bullpen can't slip up.
It seems we might already be seeing some signs of the bullpen's heavy workload over the first half catching up. Given the aforementioned slim margin for error, the Twins can't really afford to let late leads slip away like they did in Texas over the weekend.


  • Share:
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

0 Comments