The Twins visit Detroit in the second game of a three game season with only five games to play. Their magic number is two. Any combination of two Twins wins or Cleveland losses wins the Central for Minnesota, their first division championship since 2010.
Detroit is wrapping up a terrible season, they are 46-110 and they have talent commensurate with their record. They have hit pretty well against the Twins, but lack power. The Tigers will face Twins folk hero Randy Dobnak today. Dobnak has climbed from independent minor league to the major leagues and has pitched very effectively, first as an opener and in his last two starts as a legitimate starter. Dobnak started 2019 in Class A Fort Myers and now stands a legitimate chance of starting a postseason game for the Central champions, if the Twins get there.
Health. IMHO, is the key element of the Twins hopes in postseason. If they are to compete against either the Astros or Yankees, they must put forward the best possible 25-man roster and currently about a half dozen players are not as full strength. Today's starting lineup features the return of Mitch Garver and another start for CJ Cron. Marwin Gonzalez and Max Kepler are out, as is Ehire Adrianza.
The Twins have a rested bullpen, which will be leaned on heavily, most likely.
Regarding the aforementioned magic number, Cleveland plays Chicago again and the White Sox are putting out a less-than-stellar starter. I am not counting on the Sox helping the Twins clinch the division.
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