The Minnesota Twins took one of three games from the Chicago White Sox over the weekend. Having to play another double-header on Saturday was probably not the best situation for Minnesota either. As the season continues to trudge on through September, things are looking continuously bleak. Tonight, the Twins welcome the Tigers into Target Field.
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Detroit has taken over sole possession of the top spot in the AL Central. The Tigers will be looking to fend off the Royals, and a series with the Twins will be welcomed.
For Minnesota, any hope of scraping together some meaningful wins over the final month is the drive each night. Going up against an AL Central power like the Tigers, provides opportunity to work on things and get better.
In game one, the Twins will face what may be the toughest test of the series. Reigning AL Cy Young award winner, Max Scherzer will take the mound. He will be opposed by Anthony Swarzak, who is making a start due to Tommy Milone likely being shut down for the rest of the year.
Minnesota has yet to announce game two or three starters, but the Tigers will send Rick Porcello and David Price to the mound. Porcello is having one of the best seasons of his career, while Price is still settling in on his new team after being involved in a blockbuster trade at the deadline this summer.
The Twins currently sit with 86 wins, and can’t reach 90 even with a sweep by the Tigers. However, with Detroit winning seven of their last ten and three straight, a sweep is far from out of the realm of possibility. Look for the Twins to find their best shot against Porcello, otherwise it could be an ugly beginning to the homestand.
First pitch from Target Field tonight is scheduled for 7:10 pm central time. You can catch the game on Fox Sports North.