Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup 2/18/19 Twins Lineup

78-84, 2nd in AL Central

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Minnesota went ahead and made some sneaky good offseason moves to make what could be a very good lineup for 2019. Eddie Rosario continues to be one of the better bats within the lineup, and is projected to hit leadoff most games. Jorge Polanco missed half of last season with a suspension, but when he came back he showed off his above average contact skills. Miguel Sano was a major disappointment in 2018, and he will look to try and rebound. This year the Twins have some contingency plans if his bat disappears again. They signed Nelson Cruz and C.J. Cron, who both have strong power from the right side of the plate. The Twins also added Jonathan Schoop, which is a nice replacement for Brian Dozier who they traded last season. If Byron Buxton can take a step forward and also run like the wind, this is going to be a very well rounded offense.

Updated: 9:00 am GMT, 10/1

Starting Lineup

Z. Littell , (R), SP
1. J. Mauer , (L), 1B
2. J. Polanco , (S), SS
3. J. Cave , (L), CF
4. R. Grossman , (S), LF
5. M. Garver , (R), DH
6. M. Kepler , (L), RF
7. L. Forsythe , (R), 2B
8. W. Astudillo , (R), 3B
9. J. Graterol , (R), C
Pos Pitcher
SP Zack Littell Z. Littell (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Zack Littell Z. Littell (R) 73 2 0-2 20.1 101 25 17 14 3 11 14 0.05% 0.21% 1.77 0.324
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Joe Mauer J. Mauer (L) 87 1 127 542 137 103 27 1 6 48 64 0 1 0.282 0.351 0.38 0.73
SS Jorge Polanco J. Polanco (S) 80 2 77 330 87 60 18 3 6 42 38 7 7 0.288 0.345 0.43 0.772
CF Jake Cave J. Cave (L) 75 3 91 307 76 44 17 2 13 45 54 2 1 0.269 0.316 0.48 0.797
LF Robbie Grossman R. Grossman (S) 82 4 129 463 108 75 27 1 5 48 50 0 1 0.273 0.367 0.38 0.751
DH Mitch Garver M. Garver (R) 77 5 103 334 81 53 19 2 7 45 38 0 0 0.268 0.335 0.41 0.749
RF Max Kepler M. Kepler (L) 86 6 156 611 119 65 30 4 20 58 80 4 5 0.224 0.319 0.41 0.727
2B Logan Forsythe L. Forsythe (R) 77 7 120 416 86 68 16 0 2 27 37 3 0 0.232 0.312 0.29 0.603
3B Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo (R) 68 8 30 97 33 25 4 1 3 21 9 0 0 0.355 0.371 0.52 0.887
C Juan Graterol J. Graterol (R) 65 9 4 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.25 0.333 0.25 0.583

2018 Recent Twins Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
9/30 vs CHW W 5-4 Zack Littell Z. Littell (R), 4 IP, 4 SO, 2 ER, ND Joe Mauer J. Mauer Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Jake Cave J. Cave Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Mitch Garver M. Garver Max Kepler M. Kepler Logan Forsythe L. Forsythe Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Juan Graterol J. Graterol
9/29 vs CHW W 8-3 Kyle Gibson K. Gibson (R), 6 IP, 7 SO, 1 ER, W Joe Mauer J. Mauer Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Tyler Austin T. Austin Jake Cave J. Cave Logan Forsythe L. Forsythe Johnny Field J. Field Chris Gimenez C. Gimenez
9/29 vs CHW W 12-4 Chase De Jong C. D. Jong (R), 6 IP, 4 SO, 2 ER, W Joe Mauer J. Mauer Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Jake Cave J. Cave Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Mitch Garver M. Garver Max Kepler M. Kepler Logan Forsythe L. Forsythe Ehire Adrianza E. Adrianza Juan Graterol J. Graterol
9/28 vs CHW W 2-1 Jose Berrios J. Berrios (R), 7 IP, 9 SO, 1 ER, W Joe Mauer J. Mauer Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Jake Cave J. Cave Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Tyler Austin T. Austin Max Kepler M. Kepler Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Ehire Adrianza E. Adrianza Gregorio Petit G. Petit
9/28 vs DET W 9-3 Gabriel Moya G. Moya (L), 1 IP, 0 SO, 1 ER, ND Joe Mauer J. Mauer Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Logan Forsythe L. Forsythe Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Tyler Austin T. Austin Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Max Kepler M. Kepler Johnny Field J. Field Gregorio Petit G. Petit
9/27 vs DET W 11-4 Jake Odorizzi J. Odorizzi (R), 3 IP, 3 SO, 4 ER, ND Joe Mauer J. Mauer Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Logan Forsythe L. Forsythe Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Tyler Austin T. Austin Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Jake Cave J. Cave Johnny Field J. Field Chris Gimenez C. Gimenez
9/23 @ OAK W 5-1 Kyle Gibson K. Gibson (R), 7.1 IP, 3 SO, 1 ER, W Joe Mauer J. Mauer Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Jake Cave J. Cave Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Tyler Austin T. Austin Max Kepler M. Kepler Ehire Adrianza E. Adrianza Chris Gimenez C. Gimenez Gregorio Petit G. Petit
9/23 @ OAK L 2-3 Chase De Jong C. D. Jong (R), 4.1 IP, 0 SO, 2 ER, ND Joe Mauer J. Mauer Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Jake Cave J. Cave Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Max Kepler M. Kepler Tyler Austin T. Austin Ehire Adrianza E. Adrianza Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Gregorio Petit G. Petit
9/22 @ OAK L 6-7 Jose Berrios J. Berrios (R), 5.2 IP, 8 SO, 5 ER, ND Joe Mauer J. Mauer Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Jake Cave J. Cave Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Max Kepler M. Kepler Tyler Austin T. Austin Ehire Adrianza E. Adrianza Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Gregorio Petit G. Petit
9/19 @ DET W 8-2 Gabriel Moya G. Moya (L), 1 IP, 1 SO, 0 ER, ND Logan Forsythe L. Forsythe Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Jake Cave J. Cave Robbie Grossman R. Grossman Max Kepler M. Kepler Tyler Austin T. Austin Ehire Adrianza E. Adrianza Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Gregorio Petit G. Petit

2019 Minnesota Twins Pitching Analysis

The Twins might be another solid arm or two away from being a real threat to the Indians this season. They were in the bottom ten in ERA last season, but that mainly came because of the lack of depth. They added Michael Pineda two years ago, but he missed last season with surgery. Having him back this year would help if he can resemble the same guy that came out of New York. Jose Berrios is the stud arm in this rotation, and he pitched 192 innings last season, which is a big positive for durability. Berrios also showed above average strikeout stuff, but his consistency was the biggest plus of 2018. He will headline this rotation again this season, hoping to push them back into postseason contention. They have added on the offensive side, but are hoping these names can take another step forward. Kyle Gibson upped his strikeout stuff last season, and finished with a 3.62 ERA. It might be tough to ask him to repeat, but these numbers next season would be a big help for this staff. Gibson keeps his groundball rate high, he should be able to duplicate these results.

Minnesota signed Jake Odorizzi last season, who played with Tampa Bay in his prior seasons. Odorizzi is a flyball right-hander, who started to even out his splits. He finished with a 4.49 ERA, and struggled more often than not. He is what he is that this point in his career, so expecting sudden change would not be wise. He should flirt with a mid four ERA again, and have some blowups. Pineda is due back, although coming off two major surgeries in the last season, we have to temper expectations. Pineda was a little bit erratic during his time in New York, and we have yet to see him pitch in Minnesota yet. League average numbers seem to be where most of his projections sit for this season. Adalberto Mejia is expected to take a major jump in innings as the number five starter. Not sure this is a huge positive, but the Twins need a fifth arm. Mejia has shown below average strikeout stuff in the majors, and through 122 innings in the major he has a 5.15 xFIP.