The Minnesota Twins are one of the most consistent winning teams in the last 10 years. They win the division almost every year and choke big time in the playoffs, usually to the Yankees. However, every year it seems that the Twins have a summer surge just in time and come from behind to win the division.
This year is a different story. The Twins have not been plagued with as many injuries as in years past and were never at the bottom of the MLB, in terms of their record.
So what is going to be different this year?
The Twins had the worst record in the MLB and were 16 games back in the AL Central. Having won 11 of 13 games, the Twins are within reach. Most of the everyday players are on the disabled list. Joe Mauer has been on the DL for almost the whole season, and Japanese star Tsuyoshi Nishioka was out for almost the whole season as well. He just had his first game back today.
Jason Kubel, who has been the Twins' best hitter this year with a steady .300+ batting average, had an ankle injury and is now on the DL. Jim Thome, the Twins solid DH/pinch hitter is also on the DL. Justin Morneau, the Twins stud first baseman is also on the DL. To top it off, the Twins center fielder Denard Span is on the DL with a concussion.
It has just been a rough year for the Twins so far, but there is hope. The Twins are doing very well right now and could potentially pull off a miraculous comeback. If the Twins' everyday players can all come back healthy and can start hitting like they usually do, then the Twins will be sitting nicely.
The pitching staff has been doing a stellar job recently as well. The league's first no-no of the year was accomplished by Francisco Liriano (he also had another no hitter through seven), and there was almost a no hitter by another starter.
It's all right there for the Twins to get. Now it's up to them to go and get it done and maybe actually make a playoff run for once.