Sep 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (45) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning in game one of a doubleheader at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
5. The Landscape Of The AL Central
Last season, the Twins actually handled their counterparts in the AL Central relatively well. Considering that the division produced the runner-up in the World Series, as well as another strong postseason team, the talent is well noted. In 2015, the AL Central will look pretty different, but the competitiveness should remain.
Going into this season, the division has to be regarded as having more parity than any year in recent memory. After finishing second to last, the White Sox made moves and now should be regarded as a favorite. The Tigers did little and have probably regressed. The Indians were able to add pieces and should again be talented, while the Royals appear to have taken the most steps backwards. For the Twins, this means they should have an even better chance in a division they already played well in.
Minnesota should push for a .500 record, with the outside shot at being in the running for a Wild Card spot come the late summer months. After having shored up deficiencies and observing their divisional opponents, the AL Central should be extremely competitive with the Twins right in the thick of it.
As Spring Training kicks off and the season gets underway, it’s not yet worth hyping the Twins as a World Series contender, but there wheels are rolling. Minnesota has given us plenty of reasons to look at 2015 as a season of excitement, and should be one of the building blocks that turns the franchise back into a contender.
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