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Axel Kohagen

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Writing one column for every Twins series has made me realize how fickle a fan I am. If the Twins lose a few more than they win, I’m the first guy to say we’re all doomed. Twins win a few and I’m starting to plan for the playoffs. Win and strut about. Lose and pout in the corner. I’m the exact kind of fan that drives other fans nuts.

Today, though, I feel as if I’ve arrived in a moment of clarity. The Twins are far enough into the season for me to say they are a play-off worthy team. There’s a lot of season left, and they still might not get there. But they could, and they really ought to. Maybe they’ll even win a playoff game along the way. Maybe we’ll even get to have the tastiest revenge of all.

I feel comfortable saying this because the pieces are a little clearer to me. For starters (pun fully intended), we’re getting back several injured pitchers. Gray and Ryan threw against the Mariners. I believe Winder will be back soon, too. If they stay on the field, things look a lot better for the team. With better pitching on the mound, the Twins won’t have to score 7 runs a game to win.

When they do need to score runs, though, I believe they have the bats. Buxton is hitting again, and Correa’s going to go on a tear soon. Maybe Kirilloff comes back and Jeffers gets it together. It could happen. Then there’s Luis Arráez. Like everyone else in Twins Territory, I’m currently in love with Luis Arráez. Every time he gets to the plate, he’s got a real good chance of getting on base. He’s money in the bank. Doesn’t matter what the count is – he’s going to get on base.

So what would our revenge be? Well, if you haven’t noticed, the Yankees are doing exceptionally well this year. If you know a Yankees’ fan, you probably already know this. At the time I wrote this, they are atop their division with a record of 46-16. They could potentially break the MLB record for most wins in a season.

I think it would be just spiffy if the Yankees did break that record. And then faced the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the playoffs. And then, this time, they lost. The Yankees 2022 season gets stabbed in the back and dropped to the floor with TC Bear dancing around it like Jim Morrison celebrating the lizard. I’m not saying that would make all the pain of our playoff losses go away. I’m just saying it would feel pretty good for a long time.

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It says something about Correa that you look at a guy batting .300+ with an .829 OPS, and say he could go on a tear soon. :)

Like you, I've been slow to accept this as a playoff contending squad, but I am pretty much there now.  Top half of the league, woo hoo!  Last one on the bandwagon still gets to ride, right?

I see the Twins either winning the division or not being invited to the post-season at all, so I don't foresee them facing the dreaded Yankees right away, as I think the pinstripers will be playing one of the wild card teams.

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Twins Geezer here....

Enjoyed the read and viewpoint! 

I believe we have a good team. Possibly play off worthy. But here are my top three concerns:

1. We get shutout every 7 games.

2. We have a domino type team. Meaning, we seem to follow the leader in our hitting approach. Leaving runners in scoring positions is boggling. (Last night was nice to see!)

3. An inability to alter our game approach during a game. We almost never try and vary our approach in a game where we have not scored by the fourth or fifth inning to spark offense. Hit and run, bunting, suicide bunts, stealing, double steals, small ball. Arizona showed it's ability for big ball hitting and incredible talent at small ball in game one of this series. The set mentality of Professor Baldelli is tattooed all over this concern.

I am a die-hard Twins fan, I am not concerned we will fend off Cleveland unless we really pay attention to these three characteristics. I also am an unpaid armchair manager!

GO TWINS!

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"I know the pieces fit"... "Cuz I watched them fall away". 

Maynard James Keenen continues on to say/sing "I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second guessing". 

Tool's Schism is about repairing a fractured relationship but there are times when I could swear that the song is about a major league baseball team. 😉

I know the pieces fit

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Sorry to burst the bubble, but if the Yankees break the record, it will be impossible for the Twins to face them in the first round as the Yankees will have a first round bye with the new playoff structure. 

The top two teams in the AL/NL get byes. 

That said, if the Twins can win the division, they will get three home games for the first round, best of three.

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