April Will Be Critical For The Minnesota Twins
I took a good look for the first time at the Twins schedule for 2015 today. I realized a couple things. The Minnesota Twins play 22 games in April with the regular season kicking off in Detroit on the sixth. That’s not the big thing that I noticed.
I’ll forgoe talking about the idiocy that is the Twins first three series’ being in Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis to start the season. I’m sure we’ll get there when one of these games is inevitably snowed/rained/colded out.
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The thing I noticed is that it’s critical for the Twins to get off to a good start in 2015. I say this while totally realizing the Twins more than likely won’t be competing for playoff contention, but it’s fun to hold onto the dream for more than a couple weeks. If the Twins don’t start off decent, the dream of the division crown will be dead by May.
Of the 22 games the Twins play in May, 19 of those are against the American League Central. Yes, only one little series is outside of the division. Those three are a traveling shot against the Seattle Mariners, April 24-26.
The breakdown of how many games the Twins play against who in April:
- Detroit Tigers – 6
- Kansas City Royals – 6
- Chicago White Sox – 4
- Cleveland Indians – 3
The division looks to be wide open this season. Detroit should be down, but never counted out. Kansas City just won the American League. Chicago retooled well, not San Diego Padres well, but still. Cleveland has pieces.
I’m a big believer that every game matters, but it’s hard not to be a little more jacked for division games. Division games essesntially count for double with your winning helping you and the loss hurting your opponent. I just want more help than hurt in April for the Twins.
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