An Interesting Spot For the Minnesota Twins

Jimmy Mohler@@JimmyMohlerBRContributor IIISeptember 1, 2009

CHICAGO - JULY 26: Rich Harden #40 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on July 26, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The last week or so has been an exciting one to follow the Minnesota Twins. Following a few series wins in a row and key acquisitions of Mahay and Rauch, the Twins find themselves only 3.5 games out of first place.

The staff pitchers seem to have returned to form under the leadership of Scott Baker, who is now 11-1 since June 4th. After a convincing win tonight against the White Sox, the Twins look like the team to beat right now in the AL Central.

This poor division may be the most exciting in baseball at this point, with the Twins more than able to play spoiler. The two teams have seven games yet to play until the end of the season. 

But it doesn't end there. More good news comes to the Twins in the form of pitching. Well, potentially. Minnesota has until Monday to negotiate a deal with Cubs pitcher Rich Harden off waivers.

The righty has had good success since the All-Star break, and would provide the staff with a great arm. This would be the move to put the Twins over the top in my opinion.

It seems the only thing the surging Twins could use at this time is starting pitching; Mijares, Guerrier and Nathan have effectively locked down the bullpen. Adding Harden would give Gardy another true starter, and we'd have less spot-starting rookies to worry about. This move makes sense. 

I am very excited to see how the Twins finish the series against the White Sox. Manship will start his first career game tomorrow. The Twins set a franchise record for used pitchers this year, hitting the 24 mark. A solid start for Manship would help solidify an already great-as-of-late young pitching staff in Minnesota.