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Twins control playoff destiny

Posted at 12:01 PM on September 23, 2008 by Steve Rudolph

It all comes down to this. Win the next three games and take at least two of three from the Royals and the Twins will likely be American League Central Division champions.

It's not an easy task, but it's doable and there are about 20 teams that would trade places with the Twins if they could.

The Twins are 49-26 at home this season, including 5-1 against the White Sox. The Twins bullpen has also performed significantly better at home than on the road. Throw in a raucous crowd or 40,000-plus Homer Hanky-waving fans who could be worth a run a game and you can see why there's reason for hope.

But is hope enough to overcome the fact that the Twins have far less big-game experience than the White Sox? Or can hope get to Ozzie Guillen's pitching rotation of Javier Vasquez, Mark Buehrle (a career 21-2 against the Twins) and Gavin Floyd (3-1 against the Twins this year with a 1.86 ERA)?

What do you think? Is there any magic left in the Metrodome?

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