Minnesota Twins: 5 reasons why the Twins can win the World Series
By Chris Schad
The Twins have competed well with the Yankees and Astros
Of course, everything here has to compare with the Yankees and Astros, who will stand in the way of a long postseason run. The Astros have gotten significantly better with the addition of Zack Grienke to their rotation and the Yankees are always dangerous thanks to their ability to hit the ball out of the park on the same level of the Twins.
However, the Twins have enough to compete with both teams and in both season series against Houston and New York, they held their own and proved to be a team that can compete with some of the best against the American League.
Against the Astros, the Twins were able to take the season series winning four out of the seven games. While Houston has gotten healthier and made the big move at the trade deadline to further bolster one of the best rotations in baseball, the Twins have the offensive depth to go toe-to-toe with their lineup if they can get to Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Greinke.
The Yankees also proved to be a formidable opponent as they flexed their muscle to take four out of the six games with the Twins, but that record doesn’t indicate how close the Twins were in a majority of those games. In their most recent series, Minnesota even had the opportunity to take the series from the Bronx Bombers if it weren’t for a highlight-reel grab from Aaron Hicks.
It’s completely possible that both these teams are better but it’s not like the Twins aren’t even in their league. If they can get their bats going and find a way to best utilize their pitching staff, it’s possible that Minnesota could go on a long postseason run that ends with the third World Series title in franchise history.