With two months of the MLB season in the books, it’s still pretty difficult to determine what type of team the Minnesota Twins are going to be.
While the Twins are still own first place in the AL Central, Minnesota is the tenth-best team in the American League. That’s not great, and the team isn’t trending in the right direction given how the offense has been looking as of late.
Most of this can be tied to the struggles of the offense, which have been painfully apparent for the entire season so far. Minnesota’s pitching has been uncharacteristically phenomenal, but cracks are starting to show because the offense has been unable to carry its weight.
The good news is we’re only a few months into the year and there’s plenty of season left to turn things around. We’ve seen what happens when the Twins offense clicks, and if we can see more of that then the team is going to be dangerous.
As long as that happens before the postseason and carries into October, Minnesota should be fine. Until then, the margin for error is slim in a combustable division like the AL Central. More good news is that help has arrived and the Twins ever changing lineup is getting some much-needed help.
Minnesota Twins starting lineup today vs. Houston Astros (May 29, 2023)
Let’s not stand on ceremony here, Royce Lewis is back with the Twins. After two ACL injuries and multiple false starts, Lewis was activated from the 60-day IL this weekend and is returning to the lineup.
Rocco Baldelli wasted no time in getting Lewis back in the mix, putting him fifth in the batting order and sliding him in at third base against Houston. There was some thought that Lewis might get placed in the outfield, but instead Twins fans get to see an infield with both Lewis and Carlos Correa on the same side.
That objectively rules.
Here’s a look at today’s lineup with Royce Lewis making his triumphant return to the Minnesota Twins lineup:
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Max Kepler is also back after having been activated from the injured list for the second time this season. While he hasn’t totally bounced back the way everyone was hoping he would this season, Kepler has shown flashes of a big bat that the struggling offense could use — especially if he can be consistent at the plate.
The Twins are in danger of falling under .500 during its upcoming series against the Houston Astros, which would no doubt put a damper on things. However, Minnesota rolling out Royce Lewis and Carlos Correa in the same lineup is exciting enough to hopefully spark something and get the team back on the right track.