Apr 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of a baseball on the field during pre game batting practice before a game between the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Starting with the most important category, team wins. Last season, the Twins won 70 games, their highest total since 2010. Looking at the roster they have fielded on opening day since their last AL Central Division title in 2010, this team has a lot more excitement behind it. While an increase of six wins over 2014 seems small in the scheme of 162 games, it represents a much clearer picture.
Should the Twins reach the over on 76 wins, the club will not only be looking at meaningful September games, but could find themselves in the thick of a Wild Card battle far deeper into the season than the point in time they acquired Kendrys Morales in 2014. If Minnesota is on the under side of 76 wins in 2015, things will likely have gone against them, injuries played a factor, and pitching failed to take steps forward.
I am of the belief that the floor for this Twins team could very logically be right around .500. Last season, the Twins and White Sox were far and away the division’s worst. Not only do I see a different team at the bottom of the division, but from top to bottom the AL Central should be close.
Prediction: Over 76 wins