The Minnesota Twins took a big step back in 2021 after winning the American League Central the year before. The Twins ended the year well below .500 with a 73-89 record. They finished the season in the basement of the AL Central and many were left wondering just what the hell happened. Now, heading into 2022, the odds at WynnBET Sportsbook have their win total at 81.5. Can they shrug off last year and go over this total?
The Twins, to their credit, came out during the offseason and made some big-boy moves to make their team significantly better. At least in theory. The Twins added shortstop Carlos Correa, third baseman Gio Urshela and catcher Gary Sanchez. Correa was signed, but the Twins had to give up Donaldson to get Urshela and Sanzhel. To bolster the rotation, Minnesota also traded for the sometimes amazing Sonny Gray. All in all, I have to applaud the Twins for the movie they made. Aside from leaving my Yankees without a great option behind the plate, I have no issue with these moves by the Twins. They all make sense and they didn’t have to give up much to bring these pieces into the mix.
Correa makes this infield very scary as he will play alongside Jorge Polanco who hit 33 home runs last year. With both Correa and Urshela on the roster, the latter can play his natural position of third base.
The Twins will struggle in the pitching department, however. Their rotation is under construction for sure and might not be done at any point this year. The addition of Gray will help a lot, but backing him up will be the likes of Dylan Bundy and Bailey Ober. It’s this group, along with the bullpen, that will hurt the Twins’ chances at the playoffs this year.
I have no doubt that the Twins will be better than last season and could even make the postseason. I think that Minnesota is getting dissed by the bookies after last year's tragic season and they are better than their 81.5 win total suggests. They won't win the AL Central again, but I think 80+ wins is very doable for this team.
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