Minnesota Twins series preview: Can the Twins wrap up the AL Central in Detroit?
By Chris Schad
Why the Twins should win this series (and wrap up the divison)
The Twins come into this final series with the Tigers holding an 11-5 record. During those 16 games, Minnesota has been able to flex their muscles regularly, tagging the Detroit pitching staff for six or more runs 11 times. That number is staggering and although the Twins roll into Motown looking like a walking M*A*S*H unit, that figures to be more of the same this week.
The Tigers are brutally bad at home and the Twins have been able to take advantage of that as well, going 5-2 in their first two trips to Comerica Park this season. While the Twins can’t assert the same dominance that Cleveland showed going 18-1 against the Tigers, they can certainly impersonate that effort against the Tigers this week.
With Turnbull, Norris and Thursday’s starter Jordan Zimmerman (1-12, 6.85 ERA) all struggling, the Twins should be able to put up some runs, making all three games winnable despite whoever may pitch on Wednesday and Thursday night.
If the Twins can execute at the plate and get a solid start from Odorizzi in the opener, this should have a very good chance for a sweep and a celebration in the visitors’ clubhouse before wrapping up the season in Kansas City.