At 53-55, the Twins look to be on their way to finishing a mediocre season. They are 4.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers, who look to be pulling away with the AL Central Division Title.
After losing their latest series to the Indians' AAA club, some might question how the Twins can even consider themselves in a position to compete at all, let alone in the position to make a trade with the Indians for Carl Pavano.
However, the Twins' remaining baseball schedule shows they are in a good spot to make a legitimate run at the Division title.
With only 54 games remaining, a 4.5 game deficit looks like a large hill to climb. However, the Twins have 10 games remaining against the Detroit Tigers and six games remaining against the White Sox, whom the Twins also trail in the standings.
With this schedule, the Twins control their destiny.
So far, the Twins have played very well against their division rivals. Against the White Sox they have a 7-5 record, while against the Tigers they have a 6-2 record.
Twins' management is clearly making decisions based on the schedule, and their intention is to win.
Earlier this week, as the Twins were losing to the Indians' farm system, I debated with myself whether it was time to pull the plug on this season and start making preparations for next season by bringing up a number of prospects for a cup of coffee. I even Twittered on the topic.
But, opportunities to contend are precious—just ask the Royals fan base. Any team with a legitimate chance at contending for the playoffs owe it to their fanbase and players to make an effort to win.
This has to be balanced with the team's long-term health of course, and so far, the Twins haven't hurt themselves too much in this department.
Twins' fans may want one of two extremes, for the team to call it quits, or to go all out and sacrifice the future for this year. The middle road the Twins have taken isn't going to be popular with anyone, but it's the right call.