Minnesota Twins: Five Bold Predictions for 2016

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Jun 19, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins left fielder Eduardo Escobar (5), center fielder Byron Buxton (25), and left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) jump up and celebrate after beating the Chicago Cubs at Target Field. The Twins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 19, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins left fielder Eduardo Escobar (5), center fielder Byron Buxton (25), and left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) jump up and celebrate after beating the Chicago Cubs at Target Field. The Twins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 8, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor (4) watches his team bat in the first inning of the spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor (4) watches his team bat in the first inning of the spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /

FIVE REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE MINNESOTA TWINS IN 2016

Projecting the potential for this year’s Minnesota Twins is somewhat of an enigma. We’re still only a handful of games into Spring Training but already it’s comforting to see how well the Twins’ spring has gone.

On one end, the Twins bring a lot of potential to the table and could continue to improve and compete if all goes well. But on paper, the team is full of questions with both their pitching and hitting.

With what was really a middling offense, a starting rotation that, while improved, was still inconsistent and a bullpen that was among the worst in ERA in the majors, the Twins will need to take some big steps forward to compete with the reigning World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.

So what are the expectations for the Twins this season? How will they finish the season? How will manager Paul Molitor’s sophomore season at the helm pan out?

Here are some bold predictions for what I think/hope will happen this season. And I understand it is still early and I fully admit I am always overconfident the Twins will turn things around quickly and compete for a World Series but I promise these expectations will be rather grounded.

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