While the Minnesota Twins aren’t playing the greatest baseball as of late, it’s not quite time to hit the panic button. Here’s a big reason why.
The Minnesota Twins play in one of the weakest divisions in baseball. Besides them and the Cleveland Indians, there’s not much there for competition. With the Twins having a whopping 32 games left against the White Sox, Royals, and Tigers there’s still plenty of games left they should be able to win.
On the flip side, the Indians have only 21 games left against the weaker division rivals. While it’s not a guarantee this is going to be beneficial for the Minnesota Twins, it certainly doesn’t hurt their position. The schedule is never a guarantee of how things will go thanks to the longevity of the baseball season, though it’s a nice indicator.
Cleveland will finish out the season with a 15 game run that includes the Twins, Nationals, and Phillies. Not exactly a group of teams you’re chomping at the bit to face with a heated divisional race taking place. The Phillies and Nationals are both in the thick of the NL East race meaning they should be playing at full strength when the time rolls around.
The Twins finish the season with a 13-game stretch against the Sox, Tigers, and Royals meaning if they should need to go on a nice run, it’s more than possible. The pessimist may say just because the games are against easier competition doesn’t mean that will help. Of course, that’s true. Though good ball clubs beat teams they’re supposed to beat and I’d like to think this Twins club is a darn good one.
The season is far from over and we all know baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. They can’t win them all, especially not against a division rival. That won’t stop me from believing they’ll take care of business when the time comes.