Twins Could Surprise in 2017

After all 30 MLB  teams have played one series, there are only four undefeated teams.  Three of those teams shouldn’t be that surprising because Boston, Baltimore, and Cleveland were all playoff teams in 2016. The identity of the fourth member of  the unblemished quartet would win a lot of bets at the bar if someone wanted to stump their friends. The correct answer is the Minnesota Twins. Let me repeat that:  the Minnesota Twins.

The skeptics might say that it’s only three games so the sample size is  just too small, which is true, but there are some signs that the Twins are headed in the right direction. They scored 21 runs in a three-game series sweep over the Kansas City Royals, a Royals team that  made the World Series in 2014 and 2015.  Third baseman/DH Miguel Sano has led Minnesota’s offensive attack with a .444 average, 1 HR, and 5 RBIs so far in 2017. Free-agent acquisition catcher Jason Castro has gotten off to an outstanding start with his new team, with a .500 average and a .750 on-base percentage with four runs scored.

The Twins haven’t started 3-0 since 2007, and started last season  0-9. There is no clear-cut second-best team in the American League Central division behind defending league champion Cleveland. Detroit seemingly can never find a bullpen to go with its potent offense. The White Sox appear to be trying to copy their crosstown rival’s philosophy of rebuilding.  Kansas City looks a little shorthanded  in the rotation after the sudden death of Yordano Ventura this off-season, making  the idea of Minnesota competing for a potential Wild Card spot in 2017 not that much of a stretch.

Come July, sports fans in the Twin Cities  might not just be paying attention to Vikings training camp. The baseball team could be worth talking about as well.

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