Minnesota Twins: Answering the burning questions around the Twins

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 17: Joe Mauer (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 17: Joe Mauer (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Twins are deep in the hunt for a playoff spot, but some questions remain for the team.

The Minnesota Twins, as we know, will never say die. This season they’ve been written off a time or hundred and they are still currently in playoff position. As we are a week into the month of September, we know the Twins are for real, but there are some questions remaining. Let’s answer some of those burning questions.

Will Joe Mauer win the American League Gold Glove? – Joseph, St. Paul, MN

Well, Joseph, there is no doubt that Mauer greatly deserves to win the Gold Glove. The glove that Mauer has shown in 2017 is what Twins fans thought they were getting virtually right away when the St. Paul native pivoted from catcher to first. The defensive drop off is seen whenever anyone that is not Mauer is playing in the field.

That all being said, I am afraid that Mauer won’t be awarded the trophy he deserves. For some reason, the Gold Glove always has offensive factored in and simply because Mauer isn’t the Mauer of old will keep him from getting the Gold Glove. It’s wrong, but the sad truth of the situation.

Will the Twins have a new manager next season? – Paul, St. Paul, MN

Glad that we have a lot of readers in the state capitol and they ask the tough questions. This question is very fluid. Paul Molitor has done nothing to lose his job. In fact, Molitor ha

s done the opposite. With so-so rosters, Molitor has had two competitive seasons out of the three he has managed. The other side of the coin is the new regime of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine might want a new manager all of their own since Molitor was hired under the Terry Ryan rein.

I do think Molitor will be back in 2018. Mainly because it would be a bad look to fire a manager after the success the Twins will attain this season.

Do the Twins make the playoffs? – All of Twins Territory, The Upper Midwest

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I have looked into my Magic 8 Ball and the reply might be a little hazy, but as I see it, yes. The Twins will be making the playoffs this season as a Wild Card team.  There are multiple reasons for this feeling.

One, the Twins have the easiest schedule remaining for the teams racing for the Wild Card.

Two, the other teams in the chase are not that good.  Sure, the Twins aren’t world beaters, but I don’t think I’d want to be facing the Twins top lineup in a playoff game. The pitching might not be great, but the starting rotation has actually looked, well, respectable as of late.

Three, isn’t it time for something to break in favor of a Minnesota sports team?

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The Twins will continue their quest for the playoffs this weekend in Kansas City. The Twins and Royals kick off a four game series on Thursday night from Kaufmann Stadium.