Minnesota Twins: AL-Leading Rangers? No Problem!
Last weekend, the Minnesota Twins surprised the American League-best Texas Rangers by taking two of the three games played at Target Field.
This week, the Twins were in Arlington for a four-game series with the Rangers, which would not doubt mean the home team would avenge their loss, right?
I mean, three of the four box scores surely couldn’t read the Minnesota Twins defeat the Texas Rangers?
Well, that’s exactly what happened over the weekend as the Twins won on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday with the lone loss coming on Friday.
The Minnesota Twins came out ready to hit, smacking three homers on Thursday, one on Friday, two on Saturday and then four more on Sunday.
No doubt, the Rangers will be more than thrilled to see the Twins leave town after dropping five of the seven game played this season to Minnesota.
For the Twins, this has been probably their finest stretch of baseball all season and it unfortunately hits at a time where they will now be forced to have an extended break in the action.
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However, unlike last year when the Twins were read hot heading into the All-Star Break and riding a winning record, they are in last place and unlikely to repeat their winning record.
It will remain to be seen, however, if the break has the same consequences with this year’s squad as it did last year. After the players returned from the hiatus, the Twins fell flat coming out of the gate and that start was their ultimate undoing.
Perhaps this year’s break will be a reversal of that trend and the Minnesota Twins could make a run for a fourth or even third-place finish in the Central.
It does seem that while the Chicago White Sox and even the Kansas City Royals are beginning the run into a rough patch the Minnesota Twins are starting to hit their stride offensively, so there may be reason to be a little optimistic.
It is a long season after all.
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