Thursday, September 28, 2017

Magic number: Zero

Party time in Cleveland, where the Twins celebrated early
Thursday morning after the Angels were eliminated.
The 2017 Minnesota Twins are the first team to go from 100 losses to the postseason in one year.

That's less impressive than it sounds, because it took expanding the playoff field to one-third of MLB teams -- 10 of the 30. The Twins will almost certainly have the worst record of the 10.

Still, the improvement is genuinely worthy of celebration. Most of the roster is the same as the 103-loss squad of 2016. It's a long season, the front office went into sell mode at the trading deadline in July, and they got into the playoffs anyway.

The day may come when this core can shrug aboiut a wild card berth. I hope so. This is not that day.

1 comment:

  1. We have all heard that Rome was not built in a day. That, apparently, has also been true of the Twins rebuild.

    If they find a couple arms as reliable as Santana, they will be competitive with the leaders.