Minnesota Twins: With Win on Sunday, Twins Can Pull Back Into First
The Minnesota Twins have stayed close with the Indians after getting swept a week ago. Now they can pull back into first with a sweep of their own.
The Minnesota Twins wrap up their second series in the last ten days against the Cleveland Indians, and they are still hanging tough. After a tough sweep against the Tribe last time around at Target Field, they have the chance to take back first place at Progressive Field.
Through the first two games of the series, the Twins have won both games by a combined score of 9-2. They have been able to stick with the Indians this past week after beating the White Sox in two of three games. The Indians won three of four against the Orioles, keeping their lead.
The first game of the series went the Twins’ way with a final score of 5-0. Adalberto Mejia went five innings and gave up just two hits. However, he did give up five walks. Brian Dozier went three for four with two runs batted in and Jorge Polanco chipped in with his third home run of the season.
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Dozier was at it again in Saturday’s contest, hitting a late home run in the 4-2 win. Kyle Gibson went just 4.2 innings, throwing 93 pitches, but only gave up one earned run. The bullpen combined to give up just one run in the game, the only run they have given up this series through 7.1 innings of relief work.
Finishing strong before the All-Star break.
The Twins go for the sweep Sunday at 12:10 PM CST. This could be the win they are looking for to continue finishing strong before the All-Star break. There are some tough games ahead, but they are winnable.
If the Twins are able to keep pace with the Indians, or even pull ahead by the All-Star break, people will start taking the Twins seriously. If they keep trucking along, there is no reason the club can’t be buyers at the trade deadline.
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They can be buyers. They have the prospects to get additional pieces to keep their run going. Minnesota hasn’t had a true contender in some time. If this run can keep going, Twins fans may have one a year or two earlier than expected.