That nice 6.5 game lead is down to 4 and the Twins face good pitching in their next four scheduled games. I do believe it is very possible that their lead will have diminished significantly by the time they leave Cleveland. This Twins team has not had a substantial losing streak all year. To my recollection, they have not been swept in a three-game series and only lost one two-gamer. However, much like the weather outside, the storm clouds are gathering.
I count five position players and one pitcher that aren't being used due to their health that are on the active roster. Dyson (pitcher), Kepler, Cave, Gonzalez, Sanó and Cron, Add in the suspension of Pineda and the season-ending surgery for Buxton and there are eight players out who we were counting on just a week ago.
The manager's public face to these storm clouds is we're going with what we have. We're ahead and they have to catch us.
How many of these guys can play today or tomorrow? Rocco isn't saying. We don't know who is being held out (nicked) and who is totally unavailable. It makes sense to get everybody healthy as you can for postseason and I don't mind if the Twins don't win 100 games or set the all-time record for homers. I do mind if they sneak in as a wild card or worse, don't make postseason at all.