A couple of MLB teams have disappointed so far when considering their preseason expectations.
Competing at the highest level isn’t as easy as it sounds, and things like injuries, decline, and unexpected underperformance can derail a season.
For these specific MLB teams, the 2021 campaign has been rough.
But there are reasons to think they could be back competing next season.
These two teams have been awful in 2021, but should be better next year.
2. Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins aren’t exactly awful, but they are 36-47 so they have been very bad in 2021.
Other teams that qualify as awful, such as the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Colorado Rockies, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Baltimore Orioles, are probably not ready to compete in 2022.
Miami is currently nine games out of first place in the National League East division, and are even further in the Wild Card race.
For that reason, it’s unlikely that they compete in the second half.
They are, however, ready to give it a try in 2022 with a lot more weapons.
It’s a very impressive group, but Miami is lacking some offensive punch.
The team is negotiating with Starling Marte to keep him around a little longer, and achieving that would go a long way in helping the offense.
Perhaps the team can use some of the pitching depth to bring an impact outfielder, but they have weapons to compete in 2022.
Likely Marlins rotation by the end of 2022.
1. Sandy Alcántara
2. Sixto Sánchez
3. Max Meyer
4. Trevor Rogers
5. Pablo López
Elieser Hernandez & Edward Cabrera in the mix too plus several more in the minors.
If they get some hitting, Miami is gonna be a problem.#JuntosMiami
— Eric Cross (@EricCross04) April 12, 2021
1. Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins’ 2021 season has gone south in a hurry.
Their starting catcher Mitch Garver is injured, too, and other complementary pieces have struggled.
The result of all that is a 35-48 record and the fourth place in the American League Central division so far.
Minnesota is just too far from the first-place Chicago White Sox, at 13.5 games back.
It’s probably time to think about 2022, and while they have been awful in 2021, they could easily contend next year if they make the right moves.
They need to decide if they are going to be sellers and what they would sell, if that’s the case.
Twins should have a productive sale, especially if they seriously consider dealing ace José Berrios, under control thru 2022. Nelson Cruz, Taylor Rogers, Hansel Robles and Andrelton Simmons will all draw interest. Donaldson is producing but he’s 35 and has $60M to go thru ‘23.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 4, 2021
In any case, the Twins could be back as contenders next year if they play their cards right.
Even if they sell some or most of their veterans, there are enough youngsters who will help the team contribute in 2022: Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Bailey Ober, a healthy Royce Lewis, minor leaguers Jhoan Duran and Josh Winder, and more.