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I dunno how much hope I have for a deep October run from this bunch. Pitching staff is average, bullpen mediocre, being generous, and a lineup full of guys who can't situational hit and bat around .220. Help me find a silver lining? Can they get hot and make a run?
 

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I’m telling you all right now, these playoffs are gonna get real weird. Several teams are gonna make runs that you don’t see coming. And atleast one of the 1 seeds will lose first round. I just hope one of the teams to click is the Twins.
 
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I hate you.

JK. But I am jealous. The White Sox appear to have the team the Twins have been trying to build for the last 2-3 years. And at a fraction of the cost.
They're so fun. Unreal what they are doing at the plate right now
 
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FFS. We get the same umpire crew for the Cubs series. Angel Hernandez and his buddies. Unreal.

I pray no one completely loses their sh*t and gets suspended. That’s the last thing we need.
 

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.....a lineup full of guys who can't situational hit and bat around .220. Help me find a silver lining? Can they get hot....
Agree, the lack of non-homer offense is the biggest concern going into the playoffs.
A lot of things have to go right but the Twins can easily win short series if--
-- Berrios joins Maeda in being dominant
-- Duffey, May, and Clippard return to early form
-- Arraez returns healthy and looks like he did last year
-- We get any offense at all out of Kepler
-- And, of course, the big bats of of Cruz, Sano, Donaldson, and now Buxton, take turns keeping us in games
 
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Right now, I think the White Sox and Twins are the best of the AL (in the best division too). It'll be interesting how the playoffs shake out. Sure, Tampa Bay is solid, but I don't like their pitching staff as much as our squads. Oakland is going to be a dangerous team to play it seems, but honestly, don't know much about them.
 
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Right now, I think the White Sox and Twins are the best of the AL (in the best division too). Sure, It'll be interesting how the playoffs shake out. Sure, Tampa Bay is solid, but I don't like their pitching staff as much as our squads. Oakland is going to be a dangerous team to play it seems, but honestly, don't know much about them.
At the current time, I'd have to lump the twins behind CWS, Tampa, and I'd have to throw NYY in there to. The Yankees are red hot and I can already picture the twins running into them early in the playoffs. I agree, don't know a lot about Oakland aside from their closer being a one time failed Twin. Liam Hendricks.
 

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I hope the White Sox get Houston as our match-up in the first round. Would like to see Chicago pound them much like we did in 2005 for the World Series! I don't want to see Cleveland, want no part of them again.

If I'm the Twins, I would want no part of the Yankees. You guys just seem to have the worst freaking luck when you play them in the post-season.

Teams to get matched up the best IMO:
Houston
Toronto
 

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I hope the White Sox get Houston as our match-up in the first round. Would like to see Chicago pound them much like we did in 2005 for the World Series! I don't want to see Cleveland, want no part of them again.
If the Sox are hitting the ball, they could run deep. I don’t trust ur staff to keep better line ups in check though. I agree with Houston, they are a wounded animal.

The Yankees are hitting their stride which exactly what none of us need.

Oakland is Oakland. They have talent but is always a weird money ball, hodgepodge. You don’t win in the playoffs with that. They never do.

Cleveland is all c*ck, no balls. Their pitching can be elite but that line up is trash outside of Lindor.
 

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Agree, the lack of non-homer offense is the biggest concern going into the playoffs.
A lot of things have to go right but the Twins can easily win short series if--
-- Berrios joins Maeda in being dominant
-- Duffey, May, and Clippard return to early form
-- Arraez returns healthy and looks like he did last year
-- We get any offense at all out of Kepler
-- And, of course, the big bats of of Cruz, Sano, Donaldson, and now Buxton, take turns keeping us in games
I think expecting much out of Arraez is not realistic. Love the guy. But his timing wasn’t great before he got hurt and I doubt he gets enough AB’s to get it back before the playoffs.

Agree on Max. We need him back.

I think what’s missed is the Bombas are there, but there are sooooo many solo shots. Guys need to get on via walks or otherwise ahead of those big bats. Idk the number but I would bet a vast majority of our homers are solo, especially Cruz.
 

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A little disappointed that Rocco didn't run Buxton in the ninth. You're not hitting and you have one the fastest players in the game on first. Instead we play it safe and take the DP. Rocco's got to be more aggressive in that situation, IMO.
 
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A little disappointed that Rocco didn't run Buxton in the ninth. You're not hitting and you have one the fastest players in the game on first. Instead we play it safe and take the DP. Rocco's got to be more aggressive in that situation, IMO.
Right, anything that remotely resembles situational hitting from this team is never going to happen.
Arraez struggles are as big as Keplers and Garvers injuries and struggles. The Twins really needed a high on base guy to bat 1 or 2.