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Article: DET 9, MIN 6: Twins Drop to Third in Division, 2...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:35 PM
With an ugly loss to Detroit Sunday, the Twins dropped to third place in the AL Central, and they’re now 2.5 games out of first place. Th...
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DFA to Breslow

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:32 PM
This is probably the end of a long major league career made longer b y Twins decision to give him a roster spot after Spring Training....
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Article: No Garcia Trade: Braves Balk At Twins’ Prospect’...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:35 PM
The reason Jaime Garcia pitched a gem in an Atlanta Braves uniform last night -- adding a grand slam at the plate for good measure -- rat...
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AL Central 2018 -- Is the door open?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:35 PM
White Sox started selling before the season started.    Tigers traded JD and are rumored to sell more.    Royals coul...
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Stick a fork in this bullpen

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:35 PM
Terrible, just terrible. Also molitor is just as bad at managing a bullpen, does this guy have a clue?
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Over and Under The Competition: The Tigers

Attached Image: Detroit-Tigers.jpg You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn’t think the Detroit Tigers are the favorites to with the AL Central, including those who generate MLB futures odds. But Vegas has also tagged them with the highest over-under number in the American League: 93 games.

Vegas picked a similar number last year and the Tigers disappointed.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] They won the division, but they only won 88 games, and only their dominance of head-to-head matchups with the White Sox saved them from an ignomnius fate. After adding Cecil Fielder in the offseason, their offense was only slightly above average, though playing in Comerica Park might skew that a little. They bolstered their starting pitching staff by acquiring Anibal Sanchez but their bullpen remained full of question marks.

To their credit, they further improved this offseason. They retained Sanchez and replaced Delmon Young with Torii Hunter. But maybe best of all, they’ll add Victor Martinez to their lineup as he is fully recovered from the ACL surgery that cost him all of 2012.

So start with 88 wins, add a full year of Martinez, a full year of Sanchez, swapping Hunter for Young….and they pretty clearly approach that number. I’ll add in a more ethereal reason too: sometime it seems like it takes a team of superstars a year or so to remember that games won’t be just handed to them.

However, 93 is a huge number, so it’s hard to take the over – but that’s the point. If it was lower, everyone would bet it. Which way would you go?


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