Grading My 2016 Minnesota Twins Preseason Predictions
Oops. While many predicted the Twins may fall short of the high expectations from getting close in 2015, no one saw this stinker coming. Minnesota Twins’ record of 103 losses, beating the record set by the infamous 1982 squad.
White Sox were a mess, and their clubhouse situation was the oddest in the league. Tigers were old, and that made them fade in the second half.
The Cleveland Indians’ rotation was solid, and they overcame injuries to two of their top starters and still made it to the World Series! Maybe I meant to say they were 18 months ahead of the Twins!
KC, fell off as their bullpen couldn’t keep up its incredible showings in 2014 and 2015. And the Twins? Yikes! Let’s look at the next prediction to make me feel better.
While not as prescient as the high school student who predicted the Cubs would win the World Series in 2016 way back in his 1993 yearbook (!), I’ll give myself an “A” for my own prediction back in March.
I even had them defeating an AL Central team, but instead they defeated Cleveland four games to three – not the Royals. Close enough for the “A” grade.
Well, that would have made 2016 a successful season…but so would have 80 wins – or even 70 – compared to how 2016 actually sorted out.
Next: Grading Martin's Predictions for 2016
Minnesota had flashes this year of a good ballclub. The stretch from the last week of June through the first week of August had many Twins faithful optimistic. But it ended up being a mirage, not an oasis, in the Twins’ desert that was the 2016 season.