Scouting reports: Minnesota Twins

The team is better than last year, but can it get out of the first round?

Originally Published: October 3, 2010
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
Francisco LirianoMichael Ivins/Boston Red SoxThe Twins will likely go as far as Francisco Liriano can carry them.

The Twins sneaked into the playoffs last year with the help of some mediocre competition in the AL Central, but fielded a stronger roster on Opening Day this year -- one that was good enough to surmount the loss of the AL's best player in the second half. With major contributions from an unheralded rookie, a pitcher who took three years to come back from Tommy John surgery and a future Hall of Famer having one of the all-time great age-40 seasons, the Twins romped to another division title … but it still may not be enough to get them past the first round of the playoffs.