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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ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 10: Eric Hosmer
ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 10: Eric Hosmer /

Kansas City Royals

The Vitals (AL Rank)

12th in Runs scored

7th in Hits

13th in OPS

7th in Team ERA

Twins record against 8-4 record, 7 games remaining

It seemed earlier this season that the Kansas City Royals would not even be part of the conversation in the AL Central. The team then took off and went on an incredible run. Of course, guys like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas have been a big part of that. The emergence of Whit Merrifield at second base has been welcomed as well.

The rotation may lack a true shutdown ace but plenty of solid options. Many teams would love to have Danny Duffy pitching every five days for them. Jason Vargas has also turned in a surprising season and will be very helpful down the stretch if he can regain his early season form.

With seven games remaining against the Royals, this is a team the Twins will want to continue to have success against. The Twins will have to play differently than they did in the last series against the Royals. A series where the Royals took 3 out of 4 just shortly before the All-Star break.

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