Posted at 10:49 AM on August 28, 2007
by Steve Rudolph
Every time I try to write the Twins off for dead this season they seem to win a few games and make things look interesting again. Wanting to see them climb even closer in the A.L. Central race, I feel it’s my duty to proclaim that the Twins have no chance of passing Detroit and catching Cleveland.
Here’s why: After a loss last night in Cleveland, the Twins now trail the Tribe by 6.5 games. Let’s assume the Indians struggle and play their final 32 games at .500. Considering they have played the first 130 games at a .562 clip, it’s hard to assume they could fall much further.
In order for the Twins to pass Cleveland and win the Central by a game, Gardy’s “Comeback Kids” will need to finish the season 23-8.
Does anyone honestly believe a team this Twins team can get on that kind of roll? Their best month this season was April when they went 14-11. They had a losing record in July and may have another losing month if they don’t win a game or two in Cleveland.
Even though I don’t for one second believe the Twins have what it takes to get on a real hot streak (they swept a Baltimore team that gave up 30 runs in a game last week), I do think they will continue to lurk.
It’s that hanging around part that makes me mad as a fan. The division was there for the taking, but the front office didn’t add the offense to grab it. Adding a serviceable third baseman and DH was doable, but the Twins opted to save their money. Now they’re paying for it.