Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup 5/17/21 Twins Lineup

13-25, 5th in AL Central

red-x Projected Proj

vs CHW

11:40 pm GMT , 5/17

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The Minnesota Twins continued a string of successful regular seasons in 2020. Minnesota won their second-consecutive AL Central Division, earning a third playoff appearance in four years. However, the end result was all-too similar. Twins' fans watched as a good year ended without one playoff victory. For the second straight season, Minnesota was erased with a first-round sweep. This time, they were dispatched by the Houston Astros in two games. The Twins have a collective winning percentage above .600 across the team's last 212 regular season games. But again, there has not been a single Twins playoff victory. Minnesota's projected 2021 lineup has a number of veteran bats dispersed throughout the lineup. Josh Donaldson will play third base, and 40-year-old Nelson Cruz will DH. Expect rising star Alex Kirilloff to be a big key in the Twins' offense.

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Twins Starting Lineup

J. Happ , (L), P
1. L. Arraez , (L), LF
2. J. Donaldson , (R), 3B
3. J. Polanco , (S), 2B
4. T. Larnach , (L), RF
5. M. Sano , (R), 1B
6. M. Kepler , (L), CF
7. W. Astudillo , (R), C
8. A. Simmons , (R), SS
Pos Pitcher
P J.A. Happ J. Happ (L)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
P J.A. Happ J. Happ (L)
73
6 2-1 10.1 129 25 15 15 3 10 19 .147% .078% 1.11 .229
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
LF Luis Arraez L. Arraez (L)
84
1 30 122 29 25 2 1 1 14 17 0 0 .279 .369 .346 .715
3B Josh Donaldson J. Donaldson (R)
82
2 26 103 25 14 7 0 4 14 12 0 0 .284 .379 .500 .879
2B Jorge Polanco J. Polanco (S)
64
3 35 146 32 19 9 1 3 16 18 2 1 .246 .315 .400 .715
RF Trevor Larnach T. Larnach (L)
67
4 5 18 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .133 .278 .267 .544
1B Miguel Sano M. Sano (R)
68
5 22 86 9 6 0 0 3 8 8 0 0 .127 .279 .254 .533
CF Max Kepler M. Kepler (L)
63
6 27 111 19 10 5 1 3 13 12 5 0 .198 .297 .365 .662
C Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo (R)
77
7 24 77 24 17 4 0 3 11 6 0 0 .316 .312 .487 .798
SS Andrelton Simmons A. Simmons (R)
74
8 26 98 20 15 4 0 1 8 10 0 0 .235 .337 .318 .654

Most Common Twins Lineups

2 Games Game
1. Luis Arraez
2. Josh Donaldson
3. Jorge Polanco
4. Nelson Cruz
5. Trevor Larnach
6. Willians Astudillo
7. Max Kepler
8. Andrelton Simmons
9. Ben Rortvedt
2 Games Game
1. Luis Arraez
2. Josh Donaldson
3. Byron Buxton
4. Nelson Cruz
5. Alex Kirilloff
6. Jorge Polanco
7. Max Kepler
8. Andrelton Simmons
9. Ben Rortvedt
2 Games Game
1. Luis Arraez
2. Josh Donaldson
3. Nelson Cruz
4. Byron Buxton
5. Alex Kirilloff
6. Jorge Polanco
7. Mitch Garver
8. Jake Cave
9. Willians Astudillo
2 Games Game
1. Mitch Garver
2. Josh Donaldson
3. Nelson Cruz
4. Kyle Garlick
5. Luis Arraez
6. Miguel Sano
7. Jorge Polanco
8. Max Kepler
9. Jake Cave
2 Games Game
1. Luis Arraez
2. Jorge Polanco
3. Nelson Cruz
4. Byron Buxton
5. Max Kepler
6. Miguel Sano
7. Jake Cave
8. Ryan Jeffers
9. Andrelton Simmons
2 Games Game
1. Jorge Polanco
2. Kyle Garlick
3. Nelson Cruz
4. Byron Buxton
5. Mitch Garver
6. Max Kepler
7. Miguel Sano
8. Andrelton Simmons
9. Luis Arraez

2021 Recent Twins Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
5/16 vs OAK L 6-7 Kenta Maeda K. Maeda (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Luis Arraez L. Arraez Josh Donaldson J. Donaldson Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Nelson Cruz N. Cruz Trevor Larnach T. Larnach Miguel Sano M. Sano Max Kepler M. Kepler Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Andrelton Simmons A. Simmons
5/15 vs OAK W 5-4 Jose Berrios J. Berrios (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Kyle Garlick K. Garlick Josh Donaldson J. Donaldson Nelson Cruz N. Cruz Mitch Garver M. Garver Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Rob Refsnyder R. Refsnyder Miguel Sano M. Sano Max Kepler M. Kepler Andrelton Simmons A. Simmons
5/15 vs OAK L 1-6 Matt Shoemaker M. Shoemaker (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Luis Arraez L. Arraez Josh Donaldson J. Donaldson Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Nelson Cruz N. Cruz Trevor Larnach T. Larnach Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Max Kepler M. Kepler Andrelton Simmons A. Simmons Ben Rortvedt B. Rortvedt
5/13 @ CHW L 2-4 Lance Lynn L. Lynn (R), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Luis Arraez L. Arraez Josh Donaldson J. Donaldson Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Nelson Cruz N. Cruz Trevor Larnach T. Larnach Mitch Garver M. Garver Max Kepler M. Kepler Willians Astudillo W. Astudillo Kyle Garlick K. Garlick
5/13 @ CHW L 8-13 Dallas Keuchel D. Keuchel (L), 0 IP, 0 SO, 0 ER, ND Kyle Garlick K. Garlick Josh Donaldson J. Donaldson Nelson Cruz N. Cruz Mitch Garver M. Garver Jorge Polanco J. Polanco Miguel Sano M. Sano Max Kepler M. Kepler Andrelton Simmons A. Simmons Luis Arraez L. Arraez

2021 Minnesota Twins Pitching Analysis

Minnesota produced strong balance in 2020. The Twins ranked fourth best in team ERA, just a fraction behind AL Pennant winner Tampa Bay. However, adequate offensive production during the regular season has disappeared in the playoffs. After scoring four runs in a 10-4 first-game loss to the Yankees in the 2019 ALDS, Minnesota has scored a total of five runs in their last four playoff defeats. After the White Sox, the Central Division does not have an imposing threat to the Twins. Minnesota should be able to either win a third division title, or be prevalent in the wildcard chase. However, without an improvement in clutch hitting, another Twins' season could end in disappointment.