Skip to main content

Twins shouldn't mess with last year's dangerous batting order

Dozier, Mauer, Polanco, etc. ...
  • Author:
  • Updated:

While the wait for the Twins to add a reliable pitcher to the starting rotation continues, we might as well focus on what should once again be a strength of the team: the offense. 

Twins bats were among the toughest outs in the majors last season, especially after the All-Star break. And that's exactly why Twins skipper Paul Molitor shouldn't mess too much with the lineup he used late last season. 

If you're not convinced the lineup posted below will be productive this season, consider that the Twins averaged a whopping 5.57 runs per game after the All-Star break last summer, up from a pre-All-Star break average of 4.58 runs per game, according to ESPN. 

Possible lineup based on late last season

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B
  2. Joe Mauer, 1B
  3. Jorge Polanco, SS
  4. Miguel Sano, 3B
  5. Eddie Rosario, LF
  6. Byron Buxton, CF
  7. Max Kepler, RF
  8. Eduardo Escobar, DH
  9. Jason Castro, C

Dozier and Mauer appear locked into the first two holes barring Molitor going with Buxton, but considering Dozier loves hitting leadoff and Buxton has struggled there, it would be a surprise to see anyone other than Dozier bat first on opening day. 

Yes, Polanco can hit third

Why bat Polanco in the lineup's most valuable position? Because he slugged a beastly .512 with 8 homers and 22 RBI in just 116 at-bats as the three-hitter last season. 

Who's to say Polanco can't repeat the swing that helped him hit a combined .320 with 10 homers, 15 doubles, 2 triples and 42 RBI in August and September?

Sano 4th, Rosario 5th

Sano is the easy choice to bat cleanup, so long as he's eligible to play. 

MLB officials have been investigating Sano ever since a Twin Cities photographer accused him on Twitter of sexually harassing her at an autograph session in 2015. According to the Pioneer Press, the investigation should be concluded by the end of February. 

Then comes Rosario, whose post-All-Star break numbers last season were nearly identical to three-time MVP Mike Trout's. 

  • Trout: .285/.429/.552, 17 HR, 11 2B, 36 RBI, 48 BB
  • Rosario: .292/.331/.558, 17 HR, 20 2B, 52 RBI, 19 BB

A dangerous bottom four

Buxton hit .344 after the break when he batted sixth, so keep the franchise player there until he hits his way into the top half of the order. 

Kepler was one of the few Twins hitters to struggle in the second half, but his ceiling is immense, making him a potentially deadly back-of-order the bat.

Escobar and Castro round out the order. And remember, Escobar didn't hit for a high average but he did blast 9 home runs in September to make Sano's absence all but forgotten. 

At the end of this all, there's no guarantee that all of these guys will start 2018 as hot as they finished 2017, but why mess with something so good?

Twins pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Tuesday. 

Next Up

Christopher Payne and Kaley Wethern

Coupled charged after $75k worth of fentanyl pills seized during traffic stop

Christopher James Payne and Kaley Maria Wethern have been charged in the seizure.

Screen Shot 2022-05-25 at 9.34.43 AM

Video: Plane with blown tire makes emergency landing at MSP Airport

An aviation enthusiast caught the moment on video.

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

St. Paul man charged in online 'sextortion' scheme targeting at least 500 girls

Yue Vang, 31, was charged in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

Great Dane Rescue and Sanctuary

Emaciated Great Danes rescued after being found living in minivan

Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin posted that two of the dogs are in "rough condition" and "barely hanging on."

Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 10.28.52 AM

2 years since George Floyd's killing, Biden signs exec order on policing

The signing comes on the second anniversary of Floyd's murder by police in south Minneapolis.


Lutsen Mountains owner to buy Michigan ski resort

The Skinner family has operated alpine ski areas in the Midwest for 60 years.


Mayo Clinic, CDC address concerns over monkeypox in the US

The CDC does not currently think there is a significant threat to the general public.

police tape

Charges: Man killed brother, left body in homemade camper for 7 months

James Robert Hess, 48, faces second-degree murder charges for the death of his 52-year-old brother, William Harold Hess Jr.


Minnesota forecast: Hot, humid and severe storm chances

Bring Me The News meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says right now the best chance for storms looks like Sunday/Sunday night.

Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota

Minnesota's biggest Thai festival to be hosted in front of State Capitol

The Thai New Year, or Songkran, is one of the most celebrated holidays in Thailand.

police tape, crime scene

Man dies after being shot in the head in St. Cloud

Investigators believe the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.


Twins batting order could be dangerous from top to bottom

The everyday starters could combine for 200+ home runs.

Byron Buxton

Should the Twins move Buxton up in the batting order?

Buxton's finally having a breakout season at the plate.

Baldelli unveils possible Opening Day batting order

Max Kepler is leading off in Baldelli's lineup.

5 questions for the Twins as they head into a big offseason

Will Paul Molitor be fired? Will Joe Mauer retire?

Byron Buxton

The ridiculous pace that Twins hitters are on in 2019

These will blow your mind in one way or another.

Twins batting order: Dozier leading off? Buxton batting 3rd?

It looks like Paul Molitor is thinking about letting Byron Buxton bat third.