Minnesota Twins series preview: Can the Twins wrap up the AL Central in Detroit?

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 2: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins and Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins joke around before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 2, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Kepler's single during the eighth inning drove in two run to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 2: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins and Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins joke around before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 2, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Kepler's single during the eighth inning drove in two run to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 2: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins and Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins joke around before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 2, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Kepler’s single during the eighth inning drove in two run to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 2: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins and Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins joke around before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 2, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Kepler’s single during the eighth inning drove in two run to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Twins will face the Detroit Tigers for the last time in 2019 this week, but their main goal is to get healthy and finish off the AL Central title.

Watching the Minnesota Twins over the past couple of weeks hasn’t been for the faint of heart, but over that timeframe, the Twins have done what they needed to do to conquer the American League Central and get ready for the postseason.

With a big series win over the Cleveland Indians from Sept. 13-16, the Twins came home and took care of business taking two out of three games from the Chicago White Sox and three of four games from the Kansas City Royals last week. While the results weren’t always pretty, the Twins still managed to get their magic number down to three and are on the doorstep of their first American League Central division championship since 2010.

Hence is the first objective with the Twins heading to Detroit for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night. The Twins can wrap up the division championship with a sweep over the lowly Tigers or do it as soon as Wednesday night with some help from the White Sox, who also begin a three-game series with the Indians on Tuesday.

Once the division is wrapped up, the Twins can focus on resting some of their key players in preparation for the American League Divisional Series, which begins on Oct. 4. That would mean over a full week of rest for the banged-up members of the Twins roster, which could do wonders for their plans for a lengthy postseason run.

With the Tigers likely making their plans for October golf months ago, this should be an easy series for the Twins, but they’ll still need to go out and execute.

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