Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup 7/4/20 Twins Lineup

7-8, in AL Central

There are a few questions out in Minnesota as well. At the heart of their order, are a pair of proven sluggers. However, they are both players who have been nagged by injuries, plus they are growing long-in-the-tooth themselves. There are whispers that the Twins will try to kick start one player by shifting him to the top of the order. Minnesota has two young stars to build around, but how well those leadoff spots can get on base will be a key to their run productivity.

They added a middle tier starting pitcher, but most of the starting staff is projected to navigate around the 50/50 split for wins and losses. That seems to put a lot of pressure on an average bullpen somehow to produce victories. Minnesota is good team that plays below the radar on most nights. However, when a collective projected won/loss total for your top-five pitchers adds up to 2-games below .500, they may be happy they are in potentially the weakest division in baseball.

Twins Starting Lineup

J. Berrios , (R), SP
1. M. Sano , (R), 1B
2. L. Arraez , (L), 2B
3. J. Donaldson , (R), 3B
4. M. Garver , (R), C
5. B. Buxton , (R), CF
6. T. Rogers , (L), CL
7. E. Rosario , (L), LF
8. M. Kepler , (L), RF
9. J. Polanco , (S), SS
Pos Pitcher
SP Jose Berrios J. Berrios (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Jose Berrios J. Berrios (R)
81
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Miguel Sano M. Sano (R)
84
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Luis Arraez L. Arraez (L)
71
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Josh Donaldson J. Donaldson (R)
95
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Mitch Garver M. Garver (R)
93
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF Byron Buxton B. Buxton (R)
77
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CL Taylor Rogers T. Rogers (L)
94
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Eddie Rosario E. Rosario (L)
89
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Max Kepler M. Kepler (L)
88
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Jorge Polanco J. Polanco (S)
89
9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 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.