Minnesota Twins tickets need just one thing: A dang postseason win. The Twins have been pretty successful during the regular season, good enough to capture six AL Central wins in the last decade. But somehow or another, winning a series in the playoffs has just not been possible during that time frame. Perhaps the 2011 MLB season is the one that allows the Minnesota Twins to shed the burden of history and propel themselves beyond the first round of the playoffs.
Like last season, the Twins finished strong at 36-2 but when they drew the New York Yankees in the playoffs, it was pretty much all over from there. So now, the Minnesota Twins have just one goal in mind, winning the Al Central again, then staying in the MLB Playoffs long enough to punch out World Series tickets. They should be helped by the healthy return of Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau, neither of whom was around to help the Twins in their playoff series with the Yankees. But Minnesota will also have to find a new personality as they open the season with a different roster, one that includes Tsuyo Nishioka and Alexi Casilla, and not J.J. Hardy or Orlando Hudson. Both replacements are capable players, perhaps even upgrades, but chemistry is important also, so it’s going to be interesting to see how it all fits together.Eric Drouant