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Article: Twins Magic Number Reaches Two

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:11 AM
Following their three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, there was some concern among Twins fans that the team might find a...
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Monitor: Manager of the Year and Fired?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:04 AM
Aside from the first team to go from 100 losses to the playoffs (sort of), they may also be the first team to fire a manager just before...
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Article: Game Thread: Twins@Indians 9/26@6:10PM

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:59 AM
The Twins are in Cleveland to start a 3 game series with the Indians. We all know the situation but there will be no talk about being in...
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It's Never Too Early for Magic Number

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:03 AM
Just a little Spreadsheet fun for those interested in knowing how many wins/losses the Twins need to clinch a playoff spot  ...
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Crazy, I know, but....the case for bunting

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:04 AM
So, I know the numbers. I have seen the tables. I know that outs are precious. I understand that sacrifice bunting reduces the odds of...
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Twins Magic Number Reaches Two

Following their three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, there was some concern among Twins fans that the team might find a way to miss the playoffs. The team had tend games to play and a 1 1/2 game lead on the second playoff spot.

The Twins followed with a four-game sweep in Detroit. That was coupled with the Angels losing games to Cleveland and Houston. The Rangers made a nice run to catch the Angels, but since then, they have lost a couple of games. That allowed the Royals to catch up to both of them on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the Royals and Rangers lost. On Monday, the Royals, Rangers and Angels all lost. So while the Twins had their final off day of the season, they saw their Magic Number fall to two.

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Get To Know Jonathan Rodriguez

Bottom of the ninth inning of a championship game. A runner on first base. Your team is down by one run. You step to the plate.

It’s a dream scenario we all have enacted in our minds at one time or another. Earlier this month, Chattanooga Lookouts first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez got to live that dream. He got a fastball up in the zone, and he launched it deep into the night, well beyond the fence in left centerfield. Immediately, he raised his arms and walked toward first base. His teammates lept out of the home dugout and raced to greet him when he arrived at home plate. The home run gave the Lookouts a 3-2 win in the game, and a 3-2 win in the series. It also gave them a share of the Southern League championship.

You see, the Southern League decided to cancel the championship series due to Hurricane Irma which affected people in Puerto Rico, Cuba and made landfall in Florida as well. While he was playing hero for Chattanooga, Rodriguez had family and friends back home in Puerto Rico dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane.

After the season, Rodriguez returned home to Puerto Rico and soon after Hurricane Maria arrived. It was bigger and badder than Irma and caused devastation throughout the entire island. Power was knocked out throughout the country and there is a good chance it won’t be returned for months. Jonathan Rodriguez is doing what he can to help the relief efforts.

While there are a lot of Hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida, let’s also remember that Puerto Rico is a US commonwealth. These are American citizens as well, and they need help. A lot of help. Yankees legend Jorge Posada wrote a heartfelt article for the Players Tribune, asking for a favor.

Eddie Rosario, Jose Berrios and Kennys Vargas are Twins players from Puerto Rico, but there are several Twins minor leaguers from the island nation. The Twins are scheduled to play two games against Cleveland next season in Puerto Rico, at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. The stadium suffered major damage in this hurricane.

So, as you read this, consider donating to Puerto Rico relief efforts if you are able.

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Game Thread: Twins@Indians 9/26@6:10PM

The Twins are in Cleveland to start a 3 game series with the Indians. We all know the situation but there will be no talk about being in until they are actually in. There are many common phrases that are in existence to warn against such things.


You don’t count your chickens until:

Someone asks you “how many chickens” you own and you want to answer accurately.


Don’t cross that bridge until:

You pay government ransom in the form of a toll.


Everything comes to him who:

Has a very limited amount of everything.


Rome wasn’t built in:

Bulgaria



Here are some things to think about:

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MIN 10, DET 4: Deja Vu All Over Again

For the second straight game the Twins beat the Tigers by the score of 10-4. Jorge Polanco continued his second-half surge, hitting a double and his 12th home run of the year, Eduardo Escobar hit his 20th homer and Jose Berrios held the Tigers to two runs over 5.0 innings. The victory polished off a convincing four-game sweep of Detroit.

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Episode 335: Magic Number Ride

Aaron and John talk about the Twins being on the verge of a playoff spot, lining up the rotation for New York, buying playoff tickets, the long journey from 59-103 to the postseason, Paul Molitor's job status, the biggest improvements in Twins history, choosing a Wild Card game roster, ugly WPA numbers vs. the Yankees, and mailbag questions from listeners. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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Charting A Twins Playoff Rotation

What once seemed unthinkable is now a crystallizing reality: The Twins are in all likelihood headed toward a one-game Wild Card showdown against the Yankees in New York on October 3rd.

And while they will be heavy underdogs in such a contest – especially after what we saw in the Bronx last week – in one game, anything can happen.

Let's start looking ahead.

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MIN 10, DET 4: Twins Blow Out Tigers Bullpen

One moment it looked like the Twins were going to blow a quality start from Ervin Santana, the next moment they were blowing out the Tigers. An eight-run eighth inning turned the tables in this one as the Twins destroyed the Detroit bullpen.

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Escobar Steps Up

The Twins won on Friday night in Detroit. Later in the night, Angels and the Rangers lost, so the Twins have a 3 1/2 game lead on the 2nd AL Wild Card with eight games to play. Another way to look at that? The Twins magic number for a playoff spot is down to six.

Not convinced yet? Here are the playoff odds for the Twins according to some reliable national websites.

FanGraphs - 88.1%
Baseball Prospectus - 90.0%
FiveThirtyEight - 90%

In other words, it is officially OK to be excited about the Twins playoff chances.

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MIN 7, DET 3: Gibson, Offense Keep Rolling

How about that Kyle Gibson? He delivered another quality start as the Twins beat the Tigers, and has people starting to wonder if he’s turned the corner. Of course, having some premium run support hasn’t hurt his cause, either. The bats delivered another nice cushion for Gibby tonight, scoring six runs while he was in the game.

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MIN 12, DET 1: Once Again, The Twins Bounce Back

That’s more like it! After a demoralizing sweep, the Twins opened up a stretch in which they’ll face the Tigers in seven of their final 10 games by delivering a strong message. I'm sure Detroit would love to play the role of spoilers, but it appears the Twins aren’t gonna have any of that.

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Twins Exhibit As A Flawed But Fearsome Foe

Leaving New York, the Minnesota Twins likely couldn’t get on the plane out of town soon enough. Being outscored by 12 runs over three games, it was relatively apparent that the hometown nine was overmatched. What was also clear to see however, is that this current group is capable of putting the pressure on, and that remains a dangerous combination going forward.

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Where Are We Now? (152 Down, 10 To Go)

On Wednesday, the Twins lost in New York to the Yankees (Rinse. Repeat.) Fortunately, the Twins got help from the American League Central Division champions from Cleveland. Late on Wednesday night, the Angels lost a second-straight one-run game at the hands of Cleveland. That combination of events means that the Twins, despite their struggles in New York, they still have a 1.5 game lead in the American League Central. With all these losses, could another team work its way into the picture?

Nine days ago, we took a look at the teams competing with the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot. Seven teams were within four games of each other with between 18 and 20 games to play.