Perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2017 MLB season was the success of the Minnesota Twins. They are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and for a team that lost 103 games last year I can speak for many, that nobody saw this coming. There are plenty of key pieces that went into the Twins success such as the early dominance of Twins ace Ervin Santana or the consistent production off the bat of Brian Dozier or even a mid season acquisition of big, sexy Bartolo Colon. It was truly a team effort this year and they are looking to continue to turn heads all the way into late October.
Brian Dozier is the most underrated player in baseball. Nobody seems to be talking about the Twin second basemen but he continues to put up video game numbers year in and year out. This year has been no different. This year Dozier has hit 30 plus homers along with driving in over 90 RBIs and has also swiped more than 15 bags. Doziers performance is going to be key if the Twins have any shot if even making it out of the WC game. Another key piece to the Twins success has been the production from Twins outfielder, Byron Buxton. Byron Buxton was a mega prospect coming out of the Twins farm system but his early debut with the team was far from impressive. The athleticism was there but we were still waiting on the talent that Twin fans knew Buxton had. This year, that talent arrived. Buxton has proved he is a 5 tool athlete, amazing fans with his ability on the field as well as his ability in the batters box and on the base paths. Buxton could potentially be the future face of the franchise for the Twins and I am personally pumped to see him make his postseason debut.
Unfortunately for the Twins I think they are just going to run into a dominant pitcher during the Wild Card game and think it will be to overpowering for the Twins. Luis Severino of the New York Yankees is expected to make the start in the WC game against the Twins. He has been nothing but straight filthy this year and it will be hard to beat him at his own house on Tuesday night. Opposing him will most likely be Twins ace, Ervin Santana who has had a career year. He will have to be almost unhittable, if the Twins want a chance to shock the world and advance to the NLDS. The ironic thing is, the last time the Twins were in the playoffs in 2010, they were eliminated by the New York Yankees and I think they will be the team to eliminate the Twins in this years postseason.