Twins have shot at October

Why Minnesota could return to the postseason for first time since 2010

Updated: June 16, 2014, 1:53 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

Phil HughesBrace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty ImagesPhil Hughes has pitched well so far this season for the Twins.

The Minnesota Twins aren't yet a great team, but over the past couple of weeks they have looked like one at times. Entering Sunday, the Twins were first in the American League in team wRC+, and it wasn't particularly close. While rookie center fielder Danny Santana certainly won't post a .457 BABIP all season, the Twins seem to have their first above-average offense since 2010. With the team's recent play in mind, one can't help but wonder if Minnesota might be poised for its first stint of October baseball in four years.

Let's take a look at how they can do it.

Keep the offense humming

For the Twins to make the playoffs, they'll have to keep hitting the ball the way they have been so far in June. Luckily, this an offense talented enough to pick up the slack once some of the hot hitting (from Santana, Josh Willingham and the recently acquired Kendrys Morales in particular) ceases.