Minnesota Twins: mlb FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
MINNESOTA TWINS 2021 OUTLOOK
The Twins have been Major League Baseball's best team during the past two regular seasons. Unfortunately for the team and its fans, Minnesota doesn’t have a playoff win to show for it over that span. In fact, the last time Minnesota won a playoff game was in 2004, which was 18 postseason games ago. Their last playoff series win was in 2002 and the club last made and won a World Series in 1991.
The 2019 team hit the most home runs for a team in a single-season in MLB history, and last year's team also had great pitching depth, as Kenta Maeda finished second in the AL Cy Young race in his first season with the Twins.
Manager Rocco Baldelli will be looking for his third-straight division title, as he has expertly managed the lineup to take advantage of lefty-righty advantages with opposing pitchers.
2021 Featured Players
While perhaps not reaching 2019 power levels, this year's Twins will still knock the ball out of the park with regularity. Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton led the team with 13 dingers in 60 games last season. Sano, Buxton, Josh Donaldson, and Max Kepler should all easily break the 20-home run mark, and catcher Ryan Jeffers has a chance to do so, as does shortstop Jorge Polanco if he can remain healthy.
Maeda was 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 starts last season. Jose Berrios is also proving to be a solid No. 2 man behind Maeda, as the Twins are betting on his control issues to resolve themselves. If Michael Pineda can stay healthy, he would be one of the best No. 3 pitchers in the majors, and Devin Smeltzer proved to be an innings eater last season. The bullpen is deep, as Baldelli usually doesn't rely on one man to garner saves. Taylor Rogers would probably be the lead candidate if there was one, and there's also Tyler Duffey, Caleb Thielbar, and Jorge Alcala. All four pitchers offer something different to baffle opponents in the later innings.
Bet on the Minnesota Twins! Minnesota Twins Odds for 2021
The Minnesota Twins odds to win the World Series stand at +1800 (18/1), which are nice odds for a team that has led the majors in wins over the past two seasons. The major question is whether they can figure things out in October. Their odds to win the American League are 8/1, and they are only behind the White Sox in the odds to win the AL Central, as a bet on the Minnesota Twins to take the division will pay just 3/2 odds.
Twins Logo, Uniform & Stadium History
Despite the lack of playoff success, the Twins are in one of the best stretches in franchise history. They have made the playoffs in three of the last four years, which is the best stretch since making the playoffs in four of the last five years from 2002-06. The team won a World Series title in 1924 when it was known as the Washington Senators. They moved to Minnesota in 1961, winning two more titles in 1987 and 1991. Famous players have included Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Kirby Puckett, Jack Morris, Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, and Johan Santana.
The team played indoors in the Metrodome for many years before moving to an outdoor location—Target Field—in 2010.
The Twins' cap has been consistent over the years, and they have many alternate jerseys to choose from. The cap is navy blue with an interlocking TC on it (for Twin Cities, which is the nickname for Minneapolis and St. Paul). The home white uniforms have "Twins" written across the front in red with a navy blue outline. The road grays say "Minnesota" across the front. Alternate uniforms include an all-light blue version, which is a throwback road uniform, and then alternate navy blue and red tops. The red version has the "TC" logo on one side of the chest instead of the team or city name written across it.
2020 Record: 36-24, First Place in American League Central