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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SEATTLE, WA – MAY 18: Outfielders Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins, Byron Buxton #25 and Max Kepler #26 celebrate after a game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 18, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Twins won 18-4. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – MAY 18: Outfielders Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins, Byron Buxton #25 and Max Kepler #26 celebrate after a game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 18, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Twins won 18-4. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

The Twins will win their first playoff series since 2002

The Twins do need to win the American League Central first and with Cleveland within striking distance heading into the break, that’s something that could be easier said than done. But after a stretch with playoff contenders Cleveland, New York and Oakland, the Twins will be feasting primarily against division opponents whom they have gone 19-11 against this season.

At the same time, the Indians will have series against the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox and Rays in August along with 13 more games with the Twins. If Minnesota can take care of their own business in those games, they should be able to win their first division title since 2010.

This leaves the other elephant in the room, where the Twins haven’t won a playoff series since 2002 and a playoff game since 2004. In order to accomplish that, the Twins will likely run into either the Astros or Yankees and possibly even a wild card team (Dare we say, Cleveland?) that could give them a run for their money.

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All things considered, this Twins team has the talent offensively and if they can make a couple of additions on the mound, this could be a dangerous team in October. Time will tell if that’s the case, but the Twins are capable of making a deep playoff run or the first time in 18 years.

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