Minnesota Twins Season Preview and Tickets

The Minnesota Twins finished bang in the middle of the American League Central in 2022. With 74 wins and 64 losses, they were never a threat to run down the division-winning Cleveland Guardians who ended up beating them by 14.0 games in the division. They were also never a threat to finish in the cellar, with the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers winning 65 and 66 games respectively. This is a team that will be better, but will they improve enough to challenge the Guardians at the top of the pile?

The Twins start the season on the road where they play a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium against the Royals. A trip to Miami to face Marlins follows, before their home opener on Thursday, April 6 against the Houston Astros. Further April home series see the Twins face the Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, and New York Yankees.

Here are three questions for the Twins ahead of the 2023 season.

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Three Key Questions

How will Carlos Correa react to his offseason drama?

Carlos Correa is back with the Twins in 2023 after signing a deal in excess of $200 million this offseason. This makes Correa the biggest free agent signing in franchise history, but it came at the end of a saga where Correa thought he had signed for two other teams. The shortstop was first expected to be a San Francisco Giant and then a New York Met, with the deals collapsing during issues with his physical relating to an old leg injury. Correa batter .291 with 22 homers with the Twins last season on a one-year deal, playing his way into a massive contract. That contract came – in the end – but it is hard to know how his play will react to that drama.

Is the pitching staff healthy?

You wouldn’t call the Twins’ pitching staff great, but it is certainly a capable unit IF the rotation is healthy and firing. That just wasn’t the case in 2022, with Sonny Gray unable to stay healthy for a prolonged period, Tyler Mahle’s shoulder issues causing him to miss the last six weeks of the season – and a big chunk of the offseason – and veteran Kenta Maeda coming back from Tommy John surgery at an age where that procedure is a big time concern. Riding a wave of health is a must for all teams over the course of 162 games. The Twins’ previous is not ideal here.

Is there enough pop in the lineup?

Bringing back Correa helps here, but this is a team that finished in the bottom half of the league (17th) in runs scored last season. The Twins need bounce-back years from one (or both) of Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler, while Joey Gallo is another bat that should help the lineup. If the [itching falls apart then the Twins are going to need to generate more runs. This doesn’t feel like a team that will be exponentially helped by the larger bases and pickoff rules, so they might have to live and die by the long ball. Projections of seventh in slugging in preseason advanced metric rankings point to their way to win.

Upcoming Twins Home Games (Before the All-Star Break)

Thu, April 6 – Houston Astros

Sat, April 8 – Houston Astros

Sun, April 9 – Houston Astros

Mon, April 10 – Chicago White Sox

Tue, April 11 – Chicago White Sox

Wed, April 12 – Chicago White Sox

Fri, April 21 – Washington Nationals

Sat, April 22 – Washington Nationals

Sun, April 23 – Washington Nationals

Mon, April 24 – New York Yankees

Tue, April 25 – New York Yankees

Wed, April 26 – New York Yankees

Thu, April 27 – Kansas City Royals

Fri, April 28 – Kansas City Royals

Sat, April 29 – Kansas City Royals

Sun, April 30 – Kansas City Royals

Tue, May 9 – San Diego Padres

Wed, May 10 – San Diego Padres

Thu, May 11 – San Diego Padres

Fri, May 12 – Chicago Cubs

Sat, May 13 -Chicago Cubs

Sun, May 14 – Chicago Cubs

Mon, May 22 – San Francisco Giants

Tue, May 23 – San Francisco Giants

Wed, May 24 – San Francisco Giants

Fri, May 26 – Toronto Blue Jays

Sat, May 27 -Toronto Blue Jays

Sun, May 28 – Toronto Blue Jays

Thu, June 1 – Cleveland Guardians

Fri, June 2 – Cleveland Guardians

Sat, June 3 – Cleveland Guardians

Sun, June 4 – Cleveland Guardians

Tue, June 13 – Milwaukee Brewers

Wed, June 14 – Milwaukee Brewers

Thu, June 15 – Detroit Tigers

Fri, June 16 – Detroit Tigers

Sat, June 17 – Detroit Tigers

Sun, June 18 – Detroit Tigers

Mon, June 19 – Boston Red Sox

Tue, June 20 – Boston Red Sox

Wed, June 21 – Boston Red Sox

Thu, June 22 – Boston Red Sox

Mon, July 3 – Kansas City Royals

Tue, July 4 – Kansas City Royals

Wed, July 5 – Kansas City Royals

Fri, July 7 – Baltimore Orioles

Sat, July 8 – Baltimore Orioles

Sun, July 9 – Baltimore Orioles

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