So finally we have the last of the 2017 playoff teams the Minnesota Twins. The Twins were a surprise team for sure and were quickly dispatched in the AL Wild-Card Playoffs by the Yankees. Don’t get it twisted the Twins were a talented team in 2017 and still are in 2018, but they may not be quite as difficult for the Angels to leapfrog and make the playoffs.
The Twins have some good young arms and some good veterans as well. The staff is anchored by Jose Berrios and former Angel Ervin Santana who both had great seasons as the two won 30 games combined. The Twins also added former Yankees top prospect Michael Pineda which if he is healthy makes the rotation even stronger. Kyle Gibson and Aldeberto Mejia both are solid in the 4th and 5th spots and help the Twins staff be a strength in 2018.
The Twins bolstered their bullpen adding closers Fernando Rodney and Addison Reed to shore up the back end of the bullpen and young arms like Trevor Hildenberger and Tyler Duffey will try to get the ball to Rodney and Reed in the late innings.
As for the offensive side Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, and Miguel Sauno anchor a very strong young line-up. Max Kepler and Robbie Grossman also are primed to step up in 2018. Add veterans Joe Mauer and Jason Castro in and you have a very good line-up as well.
The Angels in this case I believe are better than the Twins from top to bottom offensively and pitching wise I think the Angels have the potential to be better as well than the Twins, so the second wildcard spot is a very realistic goal for the boys in red.