You can’t win in the NFL without a top-flight QB. You can’t win in the NHL without a first-rate goalie. And you can’t win in baseball without a strong starting rotation. The popular (and easy) call is that the Twins do not have a contending starting staff. Most likely true (but, see below).
So, if they’re not going to contend why should we watch ’em at all? Here are my top five reasons to watch this year:
So then, what should we expect? Contending teams generally start the season with very few “ifs.” They pretty much know who they have and what to expect. Starting in 2015, the Twins have been nothing but ifs, and this year is no different. All of the ifs turned positive in 2015 so they won 83 games. All of the ifs turned negative last year and they won 59. Because the ifs still dominate the spread still looms large–60 to 80 wins. Here’s what has to happen for them to approach 80–and be really fun to watch:
Regardless of assumptions and predictions, the beauty of baseball is: you gotta play it out.
Here we go!