With an easy 8-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday night (box score), the Twins clinched a spot in the expanded 2020 MLB postseason. The Twins will be part of the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2009-10. The Twins become the fifth team to secure a spot in the 2020 postseason, as they join the Dodgers, Rays, White Sox and A's.
In keeping with its established strengths, Minnesota homered three times en route to the win over the Cubs. Even though they've fallen from the power heights they reached in 2019, when the Twins set the single-season record for team home runs, they still rank sixth in MLB in 2020. At 39 years old, DH Nelson Cruz leads the team with 16 home runs, and Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario have also reached double figures. Marquee free agent addition Josh Donaldson also is beginning to flash vintage power just in time after missing much of the abbreviated season with a calf strain.