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  1. The Minnesota Twins finally got some revenge on the Yankees with a dramatic walkoff win. When Cruz was rounding the bases I thought "Well... what if?" and that is a dangerous path! Let's explore it! If you've been paying any attention at all to the Twins this season you know this team simply might not be good. That is extremely frustrating for Twins fans who were basically promised another successful regular season and another shot at the playoffs. As I write this on June 11th, the Twins have just a 3.0% chance to make the playoffs according to Fangraphs. Then you remember that Nelson Cr
  2. If you've been paying any attention at all to the Twins this season you know this team simply might not be good. That is extremely frustrating for Twins fans who were basically promised another successful regular season and another shot at the playoffs. As I write this on June 11th, the Twins have just a 3.0% chance to make the playoffs according to Fangraphs. Then you remember that Nelson Cruz walkoff and can't help but think about the 3% and what needs to happen to get there. The winning has to start immediately. The Twins will play 18 more games in June before July rolls around and tra
  3. It's the middle of May and I'm writing about which key players hold the most trade value. I think something may have gone wrong recently... This isn't necessarily who could or will get traded (Cody Christie did a piece on that recently) but instead who holds the most value. For a team looking at the Twins, which players would help or be the most impactful? Sure, J.A. Happ is likely to be dealt but he sure isn't in the top five for most value. For this exercise we're going to exclude rookies such as Alex Kirilloff or Trevor Larnach because they will be on this team for years to come. Let's
  4. Happy May, I guess it's already time to talk about trades. Who on the Twins major league roster has the most trade value? Come find out who I ranked 1-5. It's the middle of May and I'm writing about which key players hold the most trade value. I think something may have gone wrong recently... This isn't necessarily who could or will get traded (Cody Christie did a piece on that recently) but instead who holds the most value. For a team looking at the Twins, which players would help or be the most impactful? Sure, J.A. Happ is likely to be dealt but he sure isn't in the top five for
  5. The current Twins are all doom and gloom these days. Let's build a new team using current players who have recently departed the team. Come see who made the squad!The Minnesota Twins have decided to completely blow up the entire team and only bring in players who have been on the team before. This team will include someone at every position, five starters, three bullpen arms, and no bench players. Let's get started! Starting pitchers: SP1: Kyle Gibson SP2: Lance Lynn SP3: Jake Odorizzi SP4: Martin Perez SP5: Rich Hill Wow, talk about an elite pitching rotation! I had to put Gibson over L
  6. The Minnesota Twins have decided to completely blow up the entire team and only bring in players who have been on the team before. This team will include someone at every position, five starters, three bullpen arms, and no bench players. Let's get started! Starting pitchers: SP1: Kyle Gibson SP2: Lance Lynn SP3: Jake Odorizzi SP4: Martin Perez SP5: Rich Hill Wow, talk about an elite pitching rotation! I had to put Gibson over Lynn just because I like Gibson much more than Lynn. They've also been pretty much the only very successful starting pitchers to leave the Twins recently. Rich Hill
  7. The Twins are hoping for a bit of a bounce-back season from Miguel Sano in 2021, but so far things aren't going well. Let's take a look at how he has started.The short 2020 season was not kind to Miguel Sano. Although he did hit the ball as hard as any other year, he rarely hit the ball. His K% was a career high at 43.9% which was in the bottom 1% in baseball. Along with that, his OPS dropped to .757 in what was a down season overall. He showed a lot of potential in 2019 that made us think 2021 should be a bounce-back season. Unfortunately, that has not at all been the case so far. Through
  8. The short 2020 season was not kind to Miguel Sano. Although he did hit the ball as hard as any other year, he rarely hit the ball. His K% was a career high at 43.9% which was in the bottom 1% in baseball. Along with that, his OPS dropped to .757 in what was a down season overall. He showed a lot of potential in 2019 that made us think 2021 should be a bounce-back season. Unfortunately, that has not at all been the case so far. Through his first six games (I know, small sample size,) Sano has just two hits in 23 at-bats with 12 strikeouts. He has a career-high Whiff% at 46.9% and a career-l
  9. The Opening Day roster was revealed a couple days ago and there was a notable surprise. Outfielder Kyle Garlick made the team over Brent Rooker. Why?The quick emergence from Brent Rooker last season before the season ending injury was a ton of fun. He finally made it to the majors and was displaying the power we had all heard so much about. It looked like he may finally have a future on the Twins big league club. Fast forward to Opening Day, 2021 and once again he is stuck in the minor leagues. The thought throughout most of the spring was Kirilloff would have a chance to take a spot from Ro
  10. The quick emergence from Brent Rooker last season before the season ending injury was a ton of fun. He finally made it to the majors and was displaying the power we had all heard so much about. It looked like he may finally have a future on the Twins big league club. Fast forward to Opening Day, 2021 and once again he is stuck in the minor leagues. The thought throughout most of the spring was Kirilloff would have a chance to take a spot from Rooker on the team, but even without Kirilloff the Twins still opted against keeping Rooker on the team. Instead, Kyle Garlick is the fourth or fifth o
  11. Remember 2019 when the Twins set a major league record for home runs in a season? That was fun. Another full season is set to begin soon so who will lead the team in homers?Let’s take a look at the ZiPS projections from FanGraphs to see the projected home run leaders on the Twins. For this, we will use the 10 players I expect to get the most playing time. Sano, 34Cruz, 32Kepler, 27Donaldson, 22Buxton, 21Rooker, 19Kirilloff, 18Polanco, 17Garver, 17Simmons, 7The obvious four players with the potential to lead the team in homers are Sano, Cruz, Donaldson and Kepler. Those four are not surprisingl
  12. Let’s take a look at the ZiPS projections from FanGraphs to see the projected home run leaders on the Twins. For this, we will use the 10 players I expect to get the most playing time. Sano, 34 Cruz, 32 Kepler, 27 Donaldson, 22 Buxton, 21 Rooker, 19 Kirilloff, 18 Polanco, 17 Garver, 17 Simmons, 7 The obvious four players with the potential to lead the team in homers are Sano, Cruz, Donaldson and Kepler. Those four are not surprisingly also the projected leaders. Who has the best chance to take home the home run crown? Miguel Sano The power hitting first baseman has as good a chance as any
  13. The Twins finally brought back Nelson Cruz on a one year deal. The man simply doesn't age as he will be 41 at the end of the season. Is it actually true that he isn't slowing down? Come find out!At the end of the short 2020 season, it seemed like Nelson Cruz might have finally been slowing down a bit. His numbers took a dip as the season progressed, but was age catching up to him or was he just in a bit of an unlucky slump? Cruz played 53 total games in 2020, so here are his splits broken into three parts. The first 18 games, the next 18, then the final 17 to reach 53. First 18: .328/.392/.5
  14. At the end of the short 2020 season, it seemed like Nelson Cruz might have finally been slowing down a bit. His numbers took a dip as the season progressed, but was age catching up to him or was he just in a bit of an unlucky slump? Cruz played 53 total games in 2020, so here are his splits broken into three parts. The first 18 games, the next 18, then the final 17 to reach 53. First 18: .328/.392/.552 (.944), 4 HR, 27.0 K%, 6.8 BB%, 158 wRC+ Next 18: .328/.451/.828 (1.278), 9 HR, 24 K%, 15.5 BB%, 226 wRC+ Final 17: .250/.348/.417 (.764), 3 HR, 30.4 K%, 13.0 BB%, 108 wRC+ It's clear that Cr
  15. All offseason long we have been waiting for the Twins to land some one like Kluber, Paxton or bring back Odorizzi. What if instead the team decides to go with just J.A. Happ and a minor league signing? Will they be alright?As the rotation currently stands, it isn't all that bad. In fact, it could be pretty good. Here is how the starters are currently projected to line up via Fangraphs. Kenta MaedaJose BerriosMichael PinedaJ.A. HappRandy DobnakThat is a rotation that should be expected to be productive, but not be in the top tier of the league. In Maeda and Berrios, you have two borderline aces
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