Twins Could Be Big Surprise With Addition Of Cron And Others

Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:47 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 5:47 PM UTC

The Minnesota Twins made it their mission this offseason to upgrade their offense. Did they do enough to make it out of the AL Central and back into the playoffs?

<h2 style="text-align:center;">Minnesota Twins: World Series Odds: +6000 (<a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a>)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">American League Pennant Odds: +3000</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Season Win Total: 84.5</h2><p>The Minnesota Twins went on a mission for power hitting this offseason, but will they be able to out-hit opponents in what could be a frigid first month or two of the season in Minneapolis? <a href="" title="Live MLB Odds Board">Could they threaten to win the AL Central</a> against the Indians?</p><p> </p><h2>Power Additions</h2><p>The Twins ranked near the bottom of the league in offense last season and at times their bats would go so cold that they would rival the arctic temperatures the city is feeling right now.</p><p>The Twins knew going into the winter that getting more power was their priority, and it looks like they have done a lot to help those numbers.</p><p>Their first move was to claim C.J. Cron off waivers. Joe Mauer was a staple at first base for a long time for the Twins and with him hanging it up they needed someone who could come in and play the position, as well as hit for more power than Mauer did over the latter part of his career. Cron should take care of that; he mashed 30 home runs for Tampa Bay last season with a career-best .493 slugging percentage.</p><p>However, Cron’s not the only power bat the Twins added this offseason. They signed veteran Nelson Cruz to be their full-time designated hitter, and they scooped up Jonathan Schoop after the Brewers didn’t tender an offer to him in December.</p><p>Schoop didn’t find much playing time in Milwaukee last season after he was acquired in mid-season, but if he can regain his timing and power at the plate, the Twins have three shiny new bats that will immediately put them in the top half of the league in offense, or better.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The surprise team of 2019 will be...the Minnesota Twins? - Major League Baseball News - &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— MLB &amp;amp;NHL News Now (@MLB_News247) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;January 29, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Will Young Guns Break Out?</h2><p>The biggest questions in this lineup are not with the veteran additions at DH, first base and second base, but what will the Twins get out of their highly touted trio of youngsters. People have been waiting on Byron Buxton for years and despite his speed and ability to play centerfield, his batting numbers have been pretty disappointing.</p><p>Miguel Sano has been up and down his entire career and with a ton of potential, he is facing a make-or-break year for the Twins. If he doesn’t produce, I could easily see the Twins not tendering him next season. He needs to also show some consistency as an everyday third baseman.</p><p>Jorge Polanco also needs a big bounce-back effort to continue his career trajectory with the Twins. The shortstop sat out half the 2018 season due to a PED suspension, but when he is in the lineup he has shown some promise at the plate.</p><p>If all three of these guys can produce offensively, <a href="" title="Free MLB Picks">this lineup has the potential</a> to go from the bottom third to the top third of the league in offense.</p><p> </p><h2>Pitching Outlook</h2><p>After recently signing Martin Perez to be their fifth starter, the Twins have filled out their rotation for 2019. With Jose Berrios leading the team as the ace, the Twins have a nice rotation to pair with their revamped offense.</p><p>Kyle Gibson signed for just more than $8 million to avoid arbitration, and the Twins will also bring back Jake Odorizzi. If Michael Pineda is healthy after undergoing Tommy John surgery and another operation on his meniscus, this Twins rotation has a lot of promise one through five.</p><p><strong>Win total pick: </strong>'Over' 84.5</p>
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