2015 Season Predictions
One thing that should be noted is that despite the Twins’ atrocious pitching in 2014, they were actually expected to win 75 games, not 70 based on the Pythagorean wins calculator. And so they underperformed in 2014. That is one reason the Twins can expect a reasonable amount of improvement in 2015.
But how much?
Well there are projections but those often do not work out. We shall see. Let’s create our own briefly.
Let’s assume that the Twins do improve in the fielding department, even getting half their starting nine to above even in runs saved. That’s about five saved runs for the season. That in itself should equal a win or two.
Let’s also assume that Torii Hunter’s presence in the batting lineup adds two wins. That’s three. Let’s assume some of the bad luck the team’s starting rotation faced last year evens out. That’s probably another four or five wins.
But that’s all assuming the Twins’ 2014 lineup lives to the billing in 2015 and/or improves.
Can we say definitely they will? Probably not.
Now let’s step away from the hypotheticals.
The Twins are probably equally talented as the Chicago White Sox offensively. Can they finish ahead of the south siders? Chris Sale will miss the early part of 2015. So maybe?
The point is that we really have to stretch in our projections with the Twinkies. They probably won’t be terrible and should finish with a better record than in 2014. But how much better? And will it be enough for a playoff berth?
The answer to the latter is almost certainly not.