Minnesota Twins playoff roster 2023: ALDS lineup and rotation

Rocco Baldelli and the Minnesota Twins have set the ALDS roster.
Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game Two
Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game Two / Adam Bettcher/GettyImages
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For the first time in over twenty years, Minnesota Twins baseball is extending deeper into the postseason.

Minnesota won its first playoff series since 2002 last week, sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays to win one of two AL Wild Card matchups. Texas managed to pull off an upset in the other series, beating the Tampa Bay Rays to move on and play top-seeded Baltimore.

The Twins reward for winning is a trip to Houston and a rematch with the Astros.

While Minnesota won the season series over Houston 4-2 this year, the Astros are an entirely different beast in October. Carlos Correa compared the young Twins team to the one he was part of in Houston back in 2015, but the Astros are now a finely tuned postseason machine that always seems to find a way to win this time of year.

Just like how the Golden State Warriors have experienced sustained excellence in the NBA, the Astros have managed to do the same thing in MLB. Houston has made the postseason eight of the last nine years, winning the World Series twice, and have the energy of an Austin Powers villain that can't be killed.

That's what the Twins are up again, regular season series victory or not.

What feels different about this year compared to others for Minnesota is how well the team looks. In years past the team would enter series like this one with Houston and need to spackle holes in the roster and hope for the best. This time around the Twins are sending out formidable pitching matchups and boast an offense that is well-equipped to steal a game or two from the Astros -- and perhaps outright win the series.

The monkey is officially off the team's back, and the dreaded postseason curse is over. Now it's time to start writing a new chapter, and that all begins in Houston and the ALDS.

Minnesota Twins playoff roster 2023: ALDS lineup and rotation (Updated)

One burning question heading into the Wild Card series was whether or not some of the Twins key players would be healthy. Both Carlos Correa and Royce Lewis manged to fight through injuries to play -- and have a huge imapct on the series -- but the same can't be said for Byron Buxton.

Not having Buxton is a glarring hole on the team's roster. We saw how important it was to have Lewis and Correa, and the Twins might not win the series over Toronto without them. Lewis put himself on the map to a national audience with his two home run playoff debut, and Correa made two key defensive plays to help put the Blue Jays away.

One can only imagine what Buxton might have done if he were healthy enough to play. Minnesota will once again play without one of their best players in the mix, as Buxton was left off the ALDS roster. In fact, the Twins only made one change from what the AL Wild Card roster was, swapping out Kody Funderburk for Bailey Ober.

Ober is slated to start Game 1 in Houston on Saturday.

Here's the official roster that Rocco Baldelli submitted on Saturday morning ahead of the ALDS:

Infielders

Player

Position

Alex Kirilloff

1B

Edouard Julien

2B

Jorge Polanco

2B

Royce Lewis

3B

Carlos Correa

SS

Kyle Farmer

INF

Donovan Solano

INF

Willi Castro

UT

Ryan Jeffers

C

Christian Vázquez

C

Outfielders

Player

Position

Max Kepler

RF

Michael A. Taylor

CF

Matt Wallner

LF

Andrew Stevenson

OF

Pitchers

Player

Position

Pablo Lopez

SP

Sonny Gray

SP

Bailey Ober

SP

Joe Ryan

SP

Kenta Maeda

RP

Chris Paddack

RP

Griffin Jax

RP

Emilio Pagan

RP

Caleb Thielbar

RP

Brock Stewart

RP

Louie Varland

RP

Jhoan Duran

RP

Twins vs. Astros ALDS TV schedule and start times

Here's when each game of the ALDS will be played and where to watch it on TV:

Game

Date

Time (CT)

Opponent

TV Channel

Game 1

Saturday, Oct. 7th

3:45pm

at Houston

FS1

Game 2

Sunday, Oct. 8th

7:03pm

at Houston

FS1

Game 3

Tuesday, Oct. 10th

3:07pm

vs. Astros

FOX

Game 4*

Wednesday, Oct. 11th

1:07pm

vs. Astros

FOX/FS1

Game 5*

Friday, Oct. 13th

3:07pm

at Houston

FOX/FS1

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