Minnesota Twins: 5 reasons why the Twins can win the World Series
By Chris Schad
The Twins have enough starting pitching to get to their bullpen
Anyone that watched the postseason last year should recall the Milwaukee Brewers’ run to the National League Championship Series. Although the team didn’t have a traditional ace, they used a combination of their bullpen and mind games to surge into the postseason and even push the Los Angeles Dodgers within one game of their first pennant since 1982.
The Brewers’ bullpen last year may be stronger than the Twins current staff, but it does provide an interesting blueprint manager Rocco Baldelli can use to get around the woes in his starting rotation.
After the loss of Michael Pineda to a 60-game suspension and Kyle Gibson recovering from ulcerative colitis, the Twins find themselves in a scramble for starting pitching. While Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi were both All-Stars and will be in the postseason rotation, the rest of the starting staff may be a mystery and could make for a couple games where they employ the opener strategy.
Overall, the Twins may have a better pitching staff than the Brewers did and could even be in better shape if Berrios and Odorizzi find their first-half form. With the way the bullpen has pitched recently, it wouldn’t be past the Twins to send a couple mind games their opponent’s way to set them up for success and keep everyone guessing.