Can the Twins hold off the Indians to win the AL Central?
The season has been a roller coaster for the Twins who looked to be running away with the American League Central in May only to see their lead completely evaporate in August. Now, with the Twins schedule becoming lighter, the hope is they can recapture that early season form and make their way into the postseason as division champions.
To do that, they’ll have to go through the Cleveland Indians, who will have reinforcements of their own, but also have some issues to deal with themselves. While they do expect to get Carlos Carrasco back in a relief role and possibly Corey Kluber at the top of the rotation, they won’t have the services of Jose Ramirez, who is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a broken hand.
All of these variables should make for an interesting final month of the season which will include six head-to-head meetings between the Twins and Indians, marking a pair of the most important series in recent Twins history.
If the Twins can hold on, they’ll have the advantage of heading into a three-game ALDS series for the first time since their last division title in 2010. If not, they’ll fall into a log jam in the AL wild card standings that could see the Twins go from hosting the game to falling completely out of it in the blink of an eye.
Either way, it should be a fun month of September for the Twins as they look to capture the division crown.