Way To Early 2018 MLB Power Rankings: Where do Twins Rank?
The Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series, and in incredible fashion. They were the better team in that seven-game set, no doubt about that. Now that a very entertaining 2017 season is over, we look ahead to 2018 and Opening Day?
Well, ESPN was not kind to our very own Minnesota Twins.
Our beloved Twins, who finished 2017 with a 85-77, came in at 19th on the "Way To Early Power Rankings"
The Twins offense was the best in the majors over the final two months of the season, and to say that was without Miguel Sano. This brings me to the conclusion that the Twins offense is legit, while their pitching might not be.
Here is how ESPN breaks it down:
"I think they were a little bit of a fluke. I feel bad saying that. I like the Twins. Love that airport. Still remember Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett as mainstays on my Pursue the Pennant team. I'll even buy into much of that offensive production the final two months, when the Twins led the majors in runs scored. Byron Buxton playing center field was as lovely as the sound of a child's laughter. Still, the rotation and bullpen give me jitters, with a strikeout rate that ranked 19th in the majors."
Okay, they may have a point with the pitching. Yet, I am not ready to call this season a fluke. Yes, the AL Central was very week this year, but the Twins defense was much better in 2017, and will only get better in 2018.
The pitching was not good enough at all, and the Twins need to find some power arms that can generate some swing and misses, because that is today's MLB.
Will the Twins be the 19th ranked team in MLB at the end of the 2018 season, I hope not and I don't think so. The Front Office has put this team in a great position to be successful, and we should see a very active off season from them.
Don't believe ESPN, the Twins are in a much better spot than they predict.