Mailbag of the twins: Carlos Correa’s opt-out, Max Kepler’s business value and front office notes
It’s only been three weeks since my last column on Twins mailbags, and yet so much has changed.
At the time, Sept. 1, the Twins were 67-62 and trailed the Guardians by 1.5 games in the AL Central, with playoff odds around 40% and eight head-to-head meetings. against impending Cleveland.
Since then, the Twins are 6-15, including 1-7 against Cleveland, falling to 73-77 and 10 return games in the division. In three weeks, they went from controlling their own destiny in the playoffs to not having a chance.
It’s a meltdown, pure and simple, as the injured team running on the fumes collectively eased off, playing their worst baseball at the worst possible time. Now, instead of talking about stretching schedules and potential playoff games, we’re basically left to kill time until the offseason. Let’s do it.
Would you consider the Derek Falvey/Thad Levine front office a success so far? -Andre E.
Perhaps a marginal success, compared to the mess they took over at the end of 2016. But an unqualified and straightforward success? No.
In six seasons at the helm, the Twins have the seventh-best record in the AL, playing at an 84-win pace with three trips to the playoffs. In the six years before Derek Falvey and Thad Levine took office, they had the second-worst record in the AL, playing at a 70-game winning streak without any playoff trips. It’s undeniably a huge improvement, but it was also an awfully low bar to jump and the last two years have been ugly.