A year after making the playoffs as a Wild Card team, the Minnesota Twins can’t even see the playoffs this year with their 60-66 record and being 13 games behind the first place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central Division. We won’t even mention their wild card chances, because there aren’t any.
In my opinion, you can’t blame Manager Paul Molitor for this season’s lack of success, but you can blame Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine for having a fire sale. I believe they had a good chance with the nucleus of players that they had before the July 31st trading deadline, which included trading the reliable second baseman Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers and fan favorite Eduardo Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Every ball player has their struggles during a season, as in the case for Miguel Sano. Also, the injury to Byron Buxton doesn’t make matters any rosier.
I feel if they would have kept this team together, it would have increased the Twins’ chances of making the playoffs again this year, but instead they are having problems with their pitching staff’s ability to throw strikes once again when needed. I do feel that their future is bright if they can resign Joe Mauer after this season, as I feel that he is a valuable asset to the team, being a native of Minnesota.