Playoff Odds on 3/21: 35.5%
Playoff Odds on 5/9: 82.3%
The Twins were a team we called out at prior to Opening Day, and their early-season performance has certainly helped their chances of getting back to October. The rotation is performing quite well with Jose Berrios leading the way, but a revamped offense with a different approach has also been eye-opening.
The guy leading this squad in home runs? That’d be Eddie Rosario, who has launched 13 through 143 plate appearances thus far. His power has emerged over the past two seasons with consecutive performances of 20-plus homers, but his current single-season career-high mark of 27 (in 2017) seems to be in danger of getting passed.
Since posting a 34.4% fly-ball rate and 30.1% hard-hit rate in 2016, those numbers have both increased with each season. At the moment, Rosario has posted a 51.3% fly-ball rate with a 37.2% hard-hit rate.
This start has put Minnesota in a solid position moving forward, especially since they play in a division where three-fifths of the teams own less than a 1.0% chance of making the playoffs.