The Minnesota Twins had their sights set on a bounce back season heading in 2022, but a 4-8 record through the first 12 games was certainly not part of that plan. Their fan base is rightfully becoming nervous about the team's future and ESPN's latest MLB power rankings back that anxiousness up.
Minnesota Twins Power Rankings
The Twins have fallen all the way down to No. 22 after checking in at No. 16 following the first week of the season. On the bright side, Minnesota is ahead of one other AL Central team despite being dead last in the standings. The up-and-down Kansas City Royals are three spots behind at No. 25.
The biggest struggle right now has to be the lack of contact on offense. The Twins are averaging only 3.33 runs per game (No. 23 in MLB) and own the third-worst batting average in all of baseball (.195). Slow starts by core players including Carlos Correa and Jorge Polanco have doomed the team so far, and injuries haven't helped their cause.
There is hope when looking at the efforts on the mound, though. Four of Minnesota's starting pitchers own ERAs under 3.30 through two starts. The only problem is that the Twins' bullpen unit has posted the third-worst ERA in the league. Fixing that issue would go a long way in turning it all around.
If manager Rocco Baldelli wants to make this roster competitive throughout the summer, he's going to have to start mixing it up now. Minnesota remains a long shot to win the World Series with odds set at +5000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.