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5 Predictions for the 2020 Minnesota Twins

Posted by samthetwinsfan , 21 January 2020 · 3,061 views

5 Predictions for the 2020 Minnesota Twins One of the best part of the offseason is the hope every fanbase has for their team in the upcoming year. Twins fans have not had this much hope in quite some time. With high hopes come high expectations from many fans. I am no different so here are 5 of my predictions for the 2020 Minnesota Twins.

1. Byron Buxton will play in 130 games and receive MVP votes.
The boldest part of this prediction is Buxton staying healthy for 130 games. He has played in 130 games in only one season so far with the Twins wwhich was 2017. That year he was a below average hitter with an OPS+ of 93 and he still received some MVP votes. I expect hit to be an above average hitter and with his defensive value the MVP votes are sure to come.

2. Luis Arraez will again bat over .300 and make the All-Star team.
While some may expect some sort of regression with Arraez he is such a pure hitter .300 seems like a definite possibility. With that I think he can be one of the top 2-3 overall second basemen in the American League. Sure Jose Altuve is probably ahead of him but guys like Gleyber Torres and Whit Merrifield are expected to play other positions this year. This leave him having to battle for votes with a lot of unproven guys, decent veterans, and some better guys like DJ Lehmahieu. Based on this I do not see it as unreasonable for Luis Arraez to make the All-Star game if he is batting .300 again.

3. Jose Berrios will become the true ace our starting staff really needs.
Some of you may be thinking Berrios is already at this level as he has made the All-Star game the past two seasons and has been the best starter the Twins have had in a few years. I would agree that he is a top 30 or so starting pitcher but I think this is the year he pushes toward the top 10. It has been well documented that Berrios puts up much better number in the first 4 months of the season than he does in the August and September. This will be the year he figures out how to stay fresh and effective throughout and entire season and make a push for the Cy Young award.

4. The Twins will acquire another starting pitcher that excites the fan base.
I am unsure of who they will target but I do think the front office will make a trade for a decent starting pitcher before the offseason is over. Some realistic targets would be Matthew Boyd, Robbie Ray, Jon Gray, and a handful of others. I like the idea of getting someone with at least two years of team control as Michael Pineda and Jose Berrios are our only starters around past this season. I believe the front office sees the opportunity in front of them and will seize it by trading for a pitcher sooner rather than later.

5. The Twins finally win not only a playoff game but a playoff series!
I know this might be tough to believe but I think it is actually possible for the Twins to win not just a single game in the playoffs but three out of five. I see too few flaws in this team for them not to win at least one game against a team the caliber of the Astros or the dreaded Yankees. On top of this I think once there is smoke there is fire and the Twins will get a series win. After that it is only two more and your the 2020 World Series Champs!

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I hope you are correct with all 5 predictions! 

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Doctor Gast
Jan 22 2020 08:27 AM

I tend to agree w/all except#2 is the most difficult. I believe Arraez`s bat is for real but his defense will keep him off the allstars. Now that they`ll keep an eye on cheating we should win a play-off series & who knows they might make it to the Big One if they get that impact pitcher!

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MMMordabito
Jan 22 2020 11:52 AM

 

I tend to agree w/all except#2 is the most difficult. I believe Arraez`s bat is for real but his defense will keep him off the allstars. Now that they`ll keep an eye on cheating we should win a play-off series & who knows they might make it to the Big One if they get that impact pitcher!

 

The one thing going for Arraez there is the way they present the players on the ballot.It usually shows something like Batting Average/HR/RBI/SB.Arraez could very well lead the pack in Batting Average.UZR and what not are not presented, so his defense will be hidden to the average jackass.