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Melissa Berman

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To me, power rankings are only legitimate if I agree with them.

Alright, that's a little flippant, but the Twins are getting mixed amount of love in the power rankings so far. MLB's latest power rankings have them at 14th. The Tampa Bay Rays, who the Twins handled with ease this past weekend, are at #8 on their list. Yahoo Sports has the Twins in 11th, CBS sports has the Twins in 9th, and the Athletic has the Twins in the 10th spot.

Fox Sports MLB Analyst and brother of a certain MLB pitcher Ben Verlander has the Twins in the 9th spot on his rankings. He has been very vocally high on the Twins lately too, both on his Twitter and his podcast. Top 10? Now that's more like it.  

The Twins have won 9 of the last 10 games and their roll is becoming reminiscent of their early 2000s heyday. They have the biggest division lead in baseball. For those who have the Twins ranked outside the top 10, what more do they want to see? Based on the events of this past weekend, the Rays should not be ahead of the Twins on any ranking.

The argument keeping the Twins out of the top 10 is that the Twins supposedly have not played good teams so far. But the Twins have the 9th highest winning percentage in the MLB and 4 of its first 6 series were against 2021 playoff teams. And they are a completely different team than what we saw in that Dodgers series (we don't need to further speak about that one) and even vs the Mariners, a series in which the Twins split. The Twins offense is on par with their lights-out pitching: Byron Buxton is back, Carlos Correa just has his best series as a Twin, and the Twins are calling up some top prospects like Jose Miranda. The Twins could also be battling against last year's reputation, and outlets are waiting to if the 2022 Twins are the real deal.

As we know, power rankings really don't matter very much. But it does feel nice to be recognized, and it seems the Twins are deserving of a bit more praise than they have been bestowed thus far by some outlets (looking at you, MLB's rankings). The upcoming series against the Orioles and Athletics likely won't do much to convince the experts that the Twins have played some high-quality opponents, but us who are following the team know what we're seeing. The recognition will follow. 

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I believe CBS had the Twins at #3 on Opening Day in 2021 so there's that on the credibility front but what I'm seeing so far may have some sustainability. I would still have daily conversations with Oakland, as much for getting to October as doing something when they there.

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Only west and east coast teams get the recognition ( bigger markets) ....

This is minnesota and not a privilege to live here ...

Get use to it  

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17 hours ago, Blyleven2011 said:

Only west and east coast teams get the recognition ( bigger markets) ....

This is minnesota and not a privilege to live here ...

Get use to it  

Moreover, the analysts probably only saw the Dodgers series, so...

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Like Epravens said this MN Twins were #3 when the season started in 2021 and regularly in the top 5 until sometime after the 1st series against MILW. It'll take some time for the Twins to prove they belong with the top teams again. They'll get there, they've just started to heat up.

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On 5/4/2022 at 3:10 PM, Doctor Gast said:

Like Epravens said this MN Twins were #3 when the season started in 2021 and regularly in the top 5 until sometime after the 1st series against MILW. It'll take some time for the Twins to prove they belong with the top teams again. They'll get there, they've just started to heat up.

Aaaand these two losses in a row to the Orioles aren't going to do us many favors 🤦‍♀️

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Grey, Ober, Sano, Correa, and Kirilloff out with injuries.

Also Maeda and Alcala.

Arraez and Bundy tested positive for covid.

Injuries and illness will catch up with them sooner tor later. If not the team will make an amazing run when everyone get back.

For now 14th may be high.

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Twins have played only two teams with winning records at this point.  Plus, two victories were handed to them in the most lucky of ways.  Without those, they'd be .500.  And, with Sano going out to injury, the Twins caught another huge break.

So, what I am saying is that is way too early to say they are a great team.  Or even a good one.

Only one thing is for sure: their division is winnable because it is embarrassingly putrid.   

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17 hours ago, TwinsChupacabra said:

Twins have played only two teams with winning records at this point.  Plus, two victories were handed to them in the most lucky of ways. 

A win is a win, whether you like it or not.

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