Posted by: gravessack | February 18, 2018

Twins 2018 Season Preview (And a Prediction)

Twins pitchers and catchers reported to spring training last week, marking the return of baseball! After a surprisingly successful 2017 season, expectations are high for the Twins in 2018. To have another successful season though, the Twins need to do one specific thing: get an elite starting pitcher, especially since Ervin Santana will be out until at least mid-April after he had finger surgery.

Just a few days ago, the Twins signed veteran starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (this is not official yet, as Sanchez has to pass a physical). Sanchez, who will turn 34 in a couple weeks, was very good early in his career, but he has struggled the last three seasons for Detroit, especially last season when he had a very high 6.41 ERA. Sanchez’s one-year, $2.5 million contract is not guaranteed, so he will have to earn a spot on the Twins roster to make the money. Still, signing Sanchez is somewhat risky.

Yesterday, the Twins traded for starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi, who was playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Twins only had to give up a Single-A player and Odorizzi is supposed to help the Twins’ rotation, but he sounds like just an average pitcher because he was 10-8 with a 4.14 ERA last season. He does have pretty good career numbers though, so hopefully (and quite possibly) I am wrong!

Jake Odorizzi pitching while playing for the Tampa Bay Rays

Jake Odorizzi

Even after getting Sanchez and Odorizzi, the Twins need an elite starting pitcher if they want to go deep into the playoffs. They have been interested in Rays’ starting pitcher Chris Archer, who is young and very good and would be what the Twins need. After getting Odorizzi from the Rays, I’m not sure if the Twins will get Archer, but they really should! Read an article about how the Twins could be one of the A.L.’s best teams with a top starting pitcher.

I predict the Twins will win 88 games this year, a three-game improvement over last year, and finish second in the A.L. Central behind Cleveland and make the A.L. wild card game again (Before last season, I predicted the Twins to finish fourth and they finished second, so I probably will be wrong!). I also think Byron Buxton will have a great season after having a great few months at the end of last season. Of course, I may be cursing him since I thought ByungHo Park would do well last year and he didn’t even play in the majors in 2017 and now he’s back in South Korea! So who really knows what will happen, especially when no games have been played yet?!

Written by: Sam Graves



  1. Sam I enjoyed this article. Real in depth thought and I hope you are correct on all counts–including the pitching needs. The season is here, let’s hope it is a fabulous one for the Twins.

  2. Your article is very impressive. What a great article and a great author….

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