Minnesota Twins: 5 goals for the team to complete before the postseason

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 07: Mitch Garver #18 and Willians Astudillo #64 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate defeating the Cleveland Indians after the game at Target Field on September 7, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Indians 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 07: Mitch Garver #18 and Willians Astudillo #64 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate defeating the Cleveland Indians after the game at Target Field on September 7, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Indians 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 18: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Minnesota Twins during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 18, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 18: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Minnesota Twins during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 18, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Finalize the postseason roster

The Twins postseason roster is pretty much set on offense, with Mitch Garver and Jason Castro making it behind the plate, C.J. Cron, Ehire Adrianza, Jorge Polanco, Sano, Luis Arraez, and Jonathan Schoop making it in the infield. Nelson Cruz will make it as a designated hitter while, Kepler, Cave, Eddie Rosario, and Marwin Gonzalez will all make the team as outfielders.

Pitching becomes a lot harder. With Pineda done for the year, that means the Twins have Berrios, Odorizzi, Gibson, and Perez as their four starters. The team is also surely bringing Rogers, Duffey, Dyson, Romo, and May with, but the last spots aren’t decided. This is where figuring out the bullpen order comes in handy.

I think Zach Littell and Lewis Thorpe make the roster as well, as Littell has been fantastic and Thorpe has been way better than his ERA says (his expected ERA is only 2.63). Thorpe also makes the cut as a lefty who can throw multiple innings. With one more spot available, I think the Twins bring another reliever and either Brusdar Graterol, Trevor Hildenberger or Cody Stasak make the roster because of the Buxton exception.

Prediction: The Twins go with eight men in the bullpen and choose Trevor Hildenberger as the last man in for his electric stuff and the only one with postseason experience with the team.

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