Posted at 4:18 PM on July 28, 2008
by Than Tibbetts
Here we find the Twins, 2.5 games back with a four-game homestand against the first place White Sox.
Is this series the harbinger for the Twins' playoff hopes?
You may remember last time the two teams met in June, where Chicago walked all over the Twins, outscoring them 40-15 en route to a four-game sweep. I'll bet the Twins remember it, too.
Unfortunately, the scheduling gurus at MLB decided that all four games should be weekday games — as are all three games in the final CHW-MIN series right before the end of the regular season — which could limit a little bit of the Twins' home field advantage. (It's okay to admit it, when the new stadium opens, you might miss the overwhelming reverberations when 40,000+ people are screaming under the Metrodome's roof.)
The Twins have to sweep to take the lead in the division, but the bigger question is whether the Twins can begin building momentum for a playoff run. Already, the Twins have done something they've done just once this decade in a first place season &mdash lose five games in a row after the All-Star break. (And that year, 2002, the Twins had the benefit of being ahead by 16 games.)
With the Central Division currently looking like its headed for a tight finish, any substantial losing streak between now and October could be the difference between the postseason and riding pine.
With that in mind, where do you think the Twins sit at the end of this series? My money's on a half game back, Twins take 3 of 4.
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
I live in Chicago now, and it was tough to deal with that four game sweep last time they were here. Regardless, I made the standard bet we always do in the office, but yes, I see 3 out of 4 wins as well. However, I will be thrilled (and a good bit richer) if they sweep...