It's tempting to not write about this yet. Because: Minnesotan; don't talk about great things and being excited because that great and exciting thing might not happen. As a proper Minnesotan, it's in my nature to not count unhatched chickens. Yet the Twins obviously find themselves in an advantageous position with 19 games left to play. They're in the playoff conversation.
One of the biggest issues is how many pitchers Paul Molitor would want to take into the playoffs. Ervin Santana is obviously out of the running, but beyond him the organization needs to determine how many starters to bring, which starters not to bring, and of course a small group of relievers as well.
Here's my first crack at what a roster could look like.
Rotation (3): Phil Hughes, Kyle Gibson, Tommy Milone
Bullpen (8): Glen Perkins, Kevin Jepsen, Neal Cotts, Trevor May, Casey Fien, Blaine Boyer, Brian Duensing, Mike Pelfrey
Catcher (2): Kurt Suzuki, Eric Fryer
Infield (7): Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, Eduardo Escobar, Miguel Sano, Eduardo Nunez, Kennys Vargas
Outfield (5): Torii Hunter, Byron Buxton, Aaron Hicks, Eddie Rosario, Shane Robinson
There's obviously a lot to be decided yet, but how would your playoff roster look as of today? Maybe you'd pick Chris Herrmann as a third catcher over one of those bullpen arms. Perhaps you think the Twins are more likely to give Pelfrey one of those three rotation spots and shift Milone into relief. Tyler Duffey, J.R. Graham, Ryan O'Rourke, Michael Tonkin, and A.J. Achter all missed the roster. As I've laid it out, Molitor would have a five-man bench: Fryer, Nunez, Vargas, Robinson, and one of the other four outfielders.
I'm curious to see how you'd line things up. Let's see it in the comments.
Also, as a thoroughbred Minnesotan, I am now convinced that if the Twins miss the playoffs it will be my fault. Because I wrote 323 words about a playoff roster.