With the division wrapped up, the Twins are now looking to win and gain home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. How did they suddenly become the hottest team in the Central Division?
They are fourth in runs scored in the American League with 734; They are second in hits with 1425; They are third in doubles with 299; They are first in triples with 37; They are tied for first with a .277 average; They are fourth in slugging percentage at .427.
Pitching-wise is another story. They are first in ERA at 3.76, and they have walked the least amount batters (348). On defense, they are second with only 68 errors and have only allowed 75 stolen bases, the third fewest mark in the American League.
If that isn’t a complete team contending for a championship, then no one is. The Twins have everything, and they don’t beat themselves.
The Yankees are playing the Rays now in a four-game series, but the outcome of the division will not be decided until the end.
With the Rays easier schedule, they still have the edge, especially if they salvage at least a split in the series now.
Both teams are going to be in the playoffs, so the teams are fighting for a home series at the moment and maybe home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Texas Rangers should begin preparing for a road playoff series, and they need to gain confidence on the road.
They are still a threat with Cliff Lee going twice in a short series, but they need to make it to a fifth game for that to happen.
TOP FIVE AL TEAMS September 22:
1.) Minnesota Twins - They have everything – pitching, defense, and offense. If they earn home-field advantage, they should be the favorite for a World Series.
2.) New York Yankees – With the division and home-field on the line, they are playing good ball.
3.) Tampa Bay Rays – They cannot afford to drop too far behind the Yankees.
4.) Texas Rangers – They need to get rested for a playoff road trip.
5.) Boston Red Sox – The question of What if plagues this team.