2019 Minnesota Twins Season Preview and Betting Picks

by | Mar 2, 2019 | Baseball

2019 Minnesota Twins

Owner – Jim Pohlad

General Manager – Thad Levine

Manager – Rocco Baldelli

Stadium Venue: Target Field

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The Minnesota Twins will be starting out the 2019 MLB Season under a new coaching staff and ready to make moves in the American League Central Division.  The Twins organization cut ties with former Manager Paul Molitor and are moving on in a different direction, with a new Manager in Rocco Baldelli.  

Twins fans are hungry for wins and expect to compete in the postseason.  Will the Twins and Rocco Baldelli return to the postseason or are they going to struggle under the new administration?  

Let’s take a closer look at the 2019 Minnesota Twins!

2019 Minnesota Twins Management

The Minnesota Twins have parted ways with Paul Molitor after falling under .500 during his time with the Twins.  Molitor went 305-343 while with the Minnesota Twins and was 0-1 in the postseason.

The Twins have hired Rocco Baldelli as the replacement for Paul Molitor.  Baldelli will be in his first year as a Manager in the league and will be the youngest Manager in Major League Baseball.  Baldelli is only 37-years old and will be looking to use his age to get on the players level and guide them with his experiences.  

Baldelli played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Boston Red Sox and finished out his career in 2010 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He played the Outfield as a player and for the past 3 years, has been a coach in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.  

Baldelli was very high on the list of managerial candidates this off-season and many teams were in the running to land Baldelli but he decided that the Twins organization presented the best path to success and is hoping that his first intuition rings true and he can lead this team back to the postseason.

2018 Minnesota Twins Recap

The Minnesota Twins fell under .500 last year, one year after playing in the 2017 AL Wild-Card game.  The Twins finished in 2nd place in the American League Central Division last season with a 78-84 record and missed the postseason.

The Twins were 13 games out of first place to end the season, behind the Cleveland Indians, and 19 games back in the American League Wild-Card race.  The Twins didn’t post their first winning month last season until July, and throughout the year, only had 2 months with a winning number, which were July and September.   

Minnesota Twins Offseason Signings and Departures

The Minnesota Twins were one of the more active teams in the offseason.  They not only boosted their lineup but they also locked down some help in the pitching rotation and bullpen.  The Twins organization wanted to make sure they were giving New Manager Rocco Baldelli a fair chance to start his career and by doing so, they’ve signed some big bats in the lineup.

First and foremost, the Twins are going to have a lot more power in the lineup this year.  They went out and signed Nelson Cruz, who is probably on the backside of his prime but still has plenty of power in the bat.  

The Twins also signed former Baltimore Orioles All-Star Jonathan Schoop, who is one of the more reliable infielders when given the chance to play on an everyday basis. Schoop left the Baltimore Orioles midway through last year and went on to play sporadically with the Milwaukee Brewers.  When given the chance to play each and every day, he can be a major asset to a team.

The Twins then signed World Series experienced Marwin Gonzalez, who brings a heavy bat and can be moved around in the field.  Gonzalez has played the outfield and also 1st and 3rd. The following is a complete list of the major moves the Twins made in 2019:

  • Feb 26, 2019 Zack Granite CF Designated for Assignment
  • Feb 26, 2019 Marwin Gonzalez SS Signed as Free Agent
  • Feb 19, 2019 Dean Anna SS Retired
  • Feb 14, 2019 Jorge Polanco SS Signed
  • Feb 14, 2019 Max Kepler CF Signed
  • Feb 9, 2019 Lucas Duda 1B Signed
  • Feb 8, 2019 Adam Rosales SS Signed
  • Feb 6, 2019 Chase De Jong SP Outrighted to Minors
  • Feb 6, 2019 Tim Collins RP Signed
  • Feb 6, 2019 Justin Nicolino SP Signed
  • Feb 4, 2019 Pat Dean P Signed
  • Feb 1, 2019 Wilin Rosario C Signed
  • Jan 31, 2019 Martin Perez SP Signed
  • Jan 28, 2019 Mike Olt 3B Signed
  • Jan 28, 2019 Dillon Gee RP Retired
  • Jan 25, 2019 Jordany Valdespin OF Signed  
  • Jan 14, 2019 Blake Parker RP Signed  
  • Jan 11, 2019 Dario Alvarez RP Signed
  • Jan 11, 2019 Byron Buxton CF Signed
  • Jan 11, 2019 Eddie Rosario LF Signed
  • Jan 11, 2019 Jake Odorizzi SP Signed
  • Jan 11, 2019 Max Kepler CF Signed
  • Jan 11, 2019 Trevor May SP Signed
  • Jan 11, 2019 Kyle Gibson SP Signed
  • Jan 11, 2019 Taylor Rogers RP Signed
  • Jan 11, 2019 Miguel Sano 3B Signed
  • Jan 10, 2019 Tomas Telis C Signed
  • Jan 4, 2019 Nelson Cruz RF Signed
  • Dec 19, 2018 Dean Anna SS Signed
  • Dec 19, 2018 Mike Morin RP Signed
  • Dec 6, 2018 Ronald Torreyes 3B Signed
  • Dec 6, 2018 Jonathan Schoop 2B Signed
  • Nov 30, 2018 C.J. Cron 1B Signed
  • Nov 29, 2018 Ehire Adrianza SS Signed
  • Nov 28, 2018 Chris Gimenez C Retired
  • Nov 26, 2018 C.J. Cron 1B Acquired Off Waivers From Tampa Bay
  • Nov 19, 2018 Nick Gordon SS Purchased From Minors
  • Nov 19, 2018 Luis Arraez 2B Purchased From Minors
  • Nov 19, 2018 LaMonte Wade CF Purchased From Minors
  • Nov 16, 2018 Zack Weiss RP Signed
  • Nov 16, 2018 Preston Guilmet RP Signed
  • Nov 9, 2018 Joe Mauer 1B Retired
  • Nov 2, 2018 Felix Jorge SP Declared Free Agency-Signed with Cincinnati Reds
  • Nov 2, 2018 Dietrich Enns SP Declared Free Agency-Signed with San Diego Padres
  • Nov 2, 2018 Andy Wilkins 1B Declared Free Agency-Signed with Atlanta Braves
  • Nov 2, 2018 Luke Bard RP Declared Free Agency-Signed with LA Angels
  • Oct 31, 2018 Michael Reed RF Acquired Off Waivers From Atlanta
  • Oct 30, 2018 Ervin Santana SP Declared Free Agency-Signed with Chicago White Sox
  • Oct 30, 2018 Logan Morrison 1B Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Matt Belisle RP Declared Free Agency
  • Oct 29, 2018 Logan Forsythe 2B Declared Free Agency-Signed with Texas Rangers
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2019 Minnesota Twins Projected Lineup

The Twins fans have a lot to get excited for in this lineup. From top to bottom, this lineup can compete with most others in the league. They have a great mixture of power hitters, mixed with batters that will hit for average.

In addition to the starting lineup I have below, there are also guys like Willians Astudillo, who as a rookie last year made the world look at him each and every time he stepped up to the plate. This guy can crush the ball and is going to grow into an everyday player eventually but for now, he is going to take a back-seat to some stronger players.

Another player to be aware of is Royce Lewis.  Lewis is waiting to make his appearance in the big leagues and he is highly anticipated as being one of the future faces of baseball.  I would expect Lewis will spend most of his time in the minors but before the end of the year, he will appear in a Twins uniform.

  1. SS Jorge Polanco
  2. OF Marwin González
  3. OF Eddie Rosario  
  4. DH Nelson Cruz  
  5. 3B Miguel Sanó
  6. 1B C.J. Cron
  7. 2B Jonathan Schoop,
  8. C Jason Castro
  9. OF Byron Buxton

2019 Minnesota Twins Pitching Staff

The Twins surprisingly have a decent and what looks like, a reliable pitching rotation.  Jose Berrios will be the Ace and he stands to have a big year. I expect he will take on the leadership role of the rotation and could end up a 20 game winner this year.  

Kyle Gibson isn’t going to strike out many batters but he will give you quality innings on the mound, which may be satisfactory if this lineup puts up the run support that I expect them to.  

The real question in this rotation is which Jake Odorizzi will we see on the mound this year. Will it be the pitcher that 2 years ago went 10-6 with the Tampa Bay Rays or will it be the one that allowed a career high 89 runs last year?   

The Twins picked up Michael Pineda this offseason and he will sit around the 3-4 hole, while Martin Perez will clean up the rotation in the 5 hole.  

  • José Berríos
  • Kyle Gibson
  • Jake Odorizzi
  • Michael Pineda
  • Martín Pérez

2019 Minnesota Twins Outlook and Betting Preview

The Minnesota Twins have all of my attention this year in the American League Central.  I think this team is catching this division on a down year and I think they can legitimately post 90-95 wins and compete for a postseason spot.  

They provide a static lineup that is going to score some runs this year and a pitching staff that is good enough to keep them in games.  It will definitely be a very interesting year for Twins fans.

Our friends over at MyBookie have set the odds on the Minnesota Twins to win the World Series at +5000.  Those are some really strong odds for a team that is a pitcher away from being a World Series contender.

There are three bets that I like for the Minnesota Twins this year for future wagers.  

  1. First, I like this team to win 90-95 games this year.  If we look at MyBookie’s odds on Regular Season Wins, we find that the Twins number is sitting at 83.5 wins.  I think the Twins win more than 83.5 games and therefore, will be wagering on the OVER here.
  2. Second, MyBookie has the odds for the Twins to win the AL Pennant at +2500.  I think that is a great line and recommend you taking a look at this for your future wagers.  
  3. Finally, I also recommend that you throw a few bucks on the Twins to win the World Series at +5000.  That is a really strong number for a team that can absolutely be competitive for the World Series this year!

Be sure you check out the 2019 MLB Season Preview and Betting Guide to see more team previews and an overall outline on the 2019 MLB Season. 

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