Minnesota Twins: 5 bold predictions for the second half of the 2019 season

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 11: Nelson Cruz #23, C.J. Cron #24 and Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate a three-run home run by Cron against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning of game two of a doubleheader on May 11, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 8-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 11: Nelson Cruz #23, C.J. Cron #24 and Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate a three-run home run by Cron against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning of game two of a doubleheader on May 11, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 8-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 11: Nelson Cruz #23, C.J. Cron #24 and Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate a three-run home run by Cron against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning of game two of a doubleheader on May 11, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 8-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 11: Nelson Cruz #23, C.J. Cron #24 and Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate a three-run home run by Cron against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning of game two of a doubleheader on May 11, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 8-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Twins have had a tremendous first half of 2019, but what will happen to the Twins in the second half?

The All-Star break couldn’t come soon enough for the Minnesota Twins. After getting off to a 40-19 start, the Twins have played just over .500 baseball (16-14), which has led fans to freak out about the current direction of the team. With the Cleveland Indians creeping back into the American League Central and a huge three-game series in Cleveland beginning on Friday, the anxiety is at a level it hasn’t reached in nearly a decade.

That being said, the second half is going to be fun.

The Twins are in a real playoff race for the first time since 2010 and unlike their chase for an AL Wild Card spot in 2017 (also technically a playoff race), this one won’t be a pillow fight between mediocre teams. Along with the Indians, Minnesota will be battling the Houston Astros and New York Yankees for home-field advantage as well as other strong suitors such as the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics for a wild card spot.

With so much up in the air heading into the second half, there are many ways that this Twins season can end for the Bomba Squad. With that in mind, here’s what could happen for Minnesota in the second half of the year.

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