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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:19 AM
Dust off that antenna, folks: the Twins 2020 postseason debut is over the air on ABC (albeit at 1 PM on a Tuesday, pre-empting some soap...
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The Perfect Length of a Baseball Season?

Other Baseball Today, 08:06 AM
So Twitter got me thinking... What's the perfect length of baseball season? And then what's the perfect playoffs to be paired with that s...
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My thoughts on Tyler Duffey..

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:29 AM
First of all, congratulations to the entire Twins organization, fans and friends for winning the AL Central!This was a tough division in...
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A (pretty accurate) look at the seedings

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:21 PM
Going into the final weekend of the season, the eight-team AL field is nearly set, though no team is locked into its seed. Here's what I...
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Game Thread: Twins vs Reds, 9/27/20, 2:10 CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 07:41 PM
Today is clinch day for one team in the ALC, and the Twins can make that happen multiple different ways today. The two simplest ways to s...
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7 Games to Decide the Division

Following two off-days, the Twins are going to enter the toughest part of their remaining schedule. The club will have seven games scheduled against the other teams atop the AL Central standings and fans might know the fate of the division by the end of next week. This grueling part of the schedule should result in a playoff like atmosphere for all clubs involved as they try to clinch one of the top-3 seeds in the American League.
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Cleveland Indians (Twins up 4-3 in season series)
What We Know
The Indians haven’t had an off-day since last Thursday, so they won’t be exactly rested heading into a three-game series this weekend. Unfortunately for the Twins, Shane Bieber is lined up to pitch Game 1 at Target Field. He’s faced the Twins twice this season and picked up the win in both contests while striking out 10 batters or more. Minnesota hitters have gone 7-for-49 (.143 BA) against him with one extra-base hit. He’s the front runner for the AL Cy Young and he’s the type of pitcher that could wreak havoc in a playoff series.

What’s Left to Find Out
Cleveland’s offense has been anemic for a majority of the season, so will they find enough offense to win the division?

Only five teams have a lower OPS than the Indians and their wRC+ is also near the bottom of all of baseball. Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor and Franmil Reyes have carried the offensive load, but who’s to say if they will be able to carry the team all the way to October glory. Cleveland’s pitching is good enough to keep them in any game and they will have to take a wait and see approach with the team’s offense.

Chicago White Sox (Twins up 4-2 in season series)
What We Know
Chicago was a wild card coming into the season, because few knew how their young players were going to gel at the big-league level. It turns out their offense is legitimate as they have the American League’s highest wRC+ and highest OPS.

They also have barreled up the ball over 10% of the time and only the Padres have done it more often. Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu and Luis Robert all have Hard Hit %’s north of 40%. For Twins fans, their offense is reminiscent of what was expected from Minnesota this season, even though that hasn’t come to fruition.

What’s Left to Find Out
It has become clear throughout the Twins six games with Chicago that the White Sox defense certainly struggles. Could these defensive woes be an Achilles heel for the club?

Minnesota currently has the highest Defensive Runs Above Average (DEF) in baseball and the fourth highest Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). In comparison, Chicago’s defense doesn’t rank that low. They rank one spot better than the Twins in DRS, the highest total in the AL, and they are third in baseball in DEF. Chicago’s defensive blunders come through in other statistics such as having 29 errors, which is the fourth highest in baseball.

All three top teams in the AL Central will make the postseason, so some of the drama is removed from these late-season games. However, there are bragging rights that come with being the team that wins the division and having homefield advantage in the first round would certainly be helpful. The Twins don’t need to win the division, but the club is in control of its own destiny over the next seven games.

How do you feel about the up-coming seven games? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.

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JoshDungan1
Sep 11 2020 12:43 AM

Home-field advantage, especially with the bubble still not being implemented, is definitely important considering our home/road splits so far. As long as we have the season series wins against both teams, I'd take that. And if we could find a way to get to Bieber later today, that would help quite a bit.

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Beat Bieber tonight and take 2 of 3 versus the Tribe. Then beat Giolito and take 3 of 4 versus the Sox. Follow that stretch by beating up on teams lower in the standings the last 8 games of the season to take the Central Crown. That will enable the Twins to be the BIG DAWGS entering the first round of playoffs at Target Field.

 

Sure seemed like that Singer guy we struggled with is for real after mowing down the Tribe last night, eh?

 

Go Twins!

With regards to our upcoming series with Cleveland, I think Nikita Khrushchev said it best " We will bury you!"

If they win we have bragging rights.If they lose we have better draft position.

 

Since this isn't a full (real) season I am ambivalent about winning the crown just want to see the team in the playoffs.Always rooting for the win but am fine to let the chips fall where they may.I only see the positive win or lose.  

I'm just glad to see KC is still causing trouble. I see they have tripped up Cleveland a few times lately. I was worried that the Twins played them early when they had hope and now Cleveland is playing them after the trade deadline when a lot of teams kinda give up. As long as KC and Detroit in the AL and the Brewer's and the Pirates in the NL can steal a couple of games here and there that will help the Twins a lot.

game tonight will set the tone for rest of series.  Win tonight and confidence could be there to close out this short season on a high note.  Control your own destiny is better than relying on some others for assistance.  Take advantage, small ball the defense often and early and capitalize on deficiencies.  Win the day, then the series, then the title!

 

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Channing1964
Sep 11 2020 02:09 PM
COME ON LET'S GET IT ON!

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