Minnesota Twins: A Look at the Wild Card Competition

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 22: Rain is seen on the seats at Target Field as the start of the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox is delayed on June 22, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 22: Rain is seen on the seats at Target Field as the start of the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox is delayed on June 22, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 10: Nelson Cruz
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 10: Nelson Cruz /

Seattle Mariners

The Vitals (AL Ranks)

4th in Runs scored

4th in Hits

9th in OPS

8th in Team ERA

Twins record against 3-4, 0 games remaining

The Seattle Mariners are headlined by veteran bats Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz. Both veterans are putting together very nice season but are not alone in putting the Mariners in the middle of the wild card race. Guys like Jean Segura and Kyle Seager have also had solid years at the plate to help this team be at the top of the AL in offensive performance.

Recently the Mariners tried to bolster their offensive abilities by acquiring breakout player Yonder Alonso from the Oakland Athletics. The team also acquired David Phelps from the Miami Marlins to strengthen the back end of their bullpen. Unfortunately for the Mariners, Phelps has joined staff ace Felix Hernandez on the 10-day DL. Those DL stints will no doubt affect the Mariners hopes for a wild card spot.

The Twins have finished their series with the Mariners for the season. They will have to hope at this point that the Houston Astros continue their dominance over the division. The Twins will hope as well that the wins and losses break just right as the Mariners battle other wild card contenders so the Twins can gain ground on this current Wild Card team.

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