Nobody said there would be no math so here are some numbers.
Based on current winning percentage Cleveland is on a pace to win 89 games. For the Twins to win 90 games we would have to achieve a 47-23 record the rest of the way. However, by doing well against Cleveland we could reduce their projected win total. So going about 45-25 would give us a good shot at winning the AL Central. Doing that is a tall order for a very good team and an even taller order for the Twins.
More numbers: If we do pass Cleveland and win the division we will have to win 2 postseason series to become AL Champions. The teams that will probably oppose the AL Central winner (with their projected win totals) are Boston (111), NYY (106), Houston (105) and Seattle (99). Doing that is a tall order for a very good team and an even taller order for the Twins. And of course there's the World Series itself after that.
So, ray of hope? Yes, but more like a very faint glimmer. The organization will be best served if the front office makes the 2019 season its top priority.
Edited by Nine of twelve, 14 July 2018 - 09:23 AM.