With the MLB season entering its final stretch, it's time to start thinking about how the Minnesota Twins stack up against potential competition in the postseason.
Minnesota is a year away from watching its postseason slump enter its second decade, but for the first time in a while it seems like the team is good enough to end the streak. Starting pitching is s strong suit, there are multiple superstar-level players on the roster, and young players are starting to step up in a big way to make a difference.
We've all talked about it on Twins Twitter, but imagine the team trotting out a lineup that has Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton, Royce Lewis, Eduoard Julien, and Matt Wallner in it with Sonny Gray, Pablo Lopez, or Joe Ryan on the mound.
We're still a month away from the postseason picture truly taking shape, but when it does who should the Twins want to see in the Wild Card series?
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Of the potential teams the Twins could meet in the Wild Card, the Houston Astros are the only team they have a winning record against.
They're also the team Minnesota probably wants to see least.
We were in almost an identical situation three years ago, with the Twins hosting a Wild Card series and primed to finally end the decade-plus postseason losing streak. In true Minnesota Sports fashion, the Astros snuck into the expanded playoffs and dismantled the Twins in two games on their way to almost making it back to the World Series.
Do we want to tempt the baseball gods like that?
Houston and Minnesota are both seemingly in different places than they were in 2020, but there's something unquantifiable about how cursed the Twins are in October. It's not so much that they are plain bad in the postseason, it's that they find a way to allow teams to become their bully -- the Yankees being the most notable.
There's no sabermetric or statistic to support this superstition, just decades of stepping on rakes like Sideshow Bob.