Why the Minnesota Twins are not a fluke (and could win 100 games)

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 25: Eddie Rosario #20 and Jonathan Schoop #16 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate scoring runs against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of the game on May 25, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 25: Eddie Rosario #20 and Jonathan Schoop #16 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate scoring runs against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of the game on May 25, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 25: Ehire Adrianza #13 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning of the game on May 25, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 8-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 25: Ehire Adrianza #13 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning of the game on May 25, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the White Sox 8-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The Twins have 62 games against the AL Central

In the 2000s, the Twins feasted off their weak counterparts in the American League Central. With many of their opponents either rebuilding or failing to compete with the Twins, Minnesota rattled off six division championships from 2002 to 2010 on the strength of beating up their lesser opponents.

As the Twins are in contention this season, they’re a much different team than they were during that simply because they can hang with anyone (as evidenced by taking the season series four games to three against the Houston Astros). Nonetheless, the Twins still have 62 games remaining against a division in which they already own a 10-game lead.

Cleveland has the pitching to contend, but they can’t seem to get right thanks to an offense that ranks 14th in the American League with 3.81 runs per game. Chicago has some pieces, but isn’t quite ready to contend while Kansas City and Detroit are in full rebuild mode.

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After their sweep of the White Sox this past weekend, the Twins own an 11-3 record against the American League Central. With so many games against their weak division coming up, it’s not only possible that the Twins can keep this going, they could be a team on the verge of a 100-win season.

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