The Major League Baseball regular season is over in one month – Wednesday, Oct. 5 to be exact.
The Minnesota Twins are, of course, looking to extend their 2022 season with an appearance in the playoffs.
As of games played Sept. 5, the Twins are on the outside looking in for the postseason – but not that far out.
Minnesota is just one game off the AL Central lead, behind Cleveland. The Twins are also in the wild-card hunt, although 6 1/2 games in back of the third and final spot with one team – Baltimore – to jump over as well.
Thus, for our exercise, we’ll concentrate just on the division race.
Here’s a look at this week’s games for the contenders of the AL Central crown:
CLEVELAND (18 home, 11 away)
This week: at Kansas City (Sept. 6-7), at Minnesota (Sept. 9-11), vs. Los Angeles Angels (Sept. 12-14)
Skinny: The Guardians play nearly as well on the road (.514) as at home (.524). …Cleveland is 7-4 against the Royals this year but 0-4 vs. the Angels. … The Guardians and Twins have split their six games at Target Field. … The Guardians and Twins haven't met since June 30. Cleveland's starters vs. Minnesota line up to be Aaron Civale, Cal Quantrill and Tristan McKenzie. … Cleveland won’t have to face Shohei Ohtani, at least on the mound.
MINNESOTA (12 home, 17 away)
This week: at New York Yankees (Sept. 6-8), vs. Cleveland (Sept. 9-11), vs. Kansas City (Sept. 13-15)
Skinny: Having to play a majority of their games on the road isn’t a good thing for the Twins, who have a .580 winning percentage at Target Field and .438 away. … We don’t need to go into the Twins-Yankees history here, but Minnesota is just 1-3 vs. New York thus far in 2022 and have allowed 25 runs in the three losses. … The Twins are scheduled to throw Dylan Bundy, Chris Archer and Joe Ryan against Cleveland. … Minnesota will miss Brady Singer, who at 7-4 with a 3.38 ERA is Kansas City’s ace. Every other starter has an ERA of 4.14 or higher. ... The Twins play the Guardians and White Sox 14 times over their last 29 games. The other three teams they'll face after this Yankees series -- Angels, Royals and Tigers -- are all well below .500.
CHICAGO (11 home, 16 away)
This week: at Seattle (Sept. 6-7), at Oakland (Sept. 8-11), vs. Colorado (Sept. 13-14)
Skinny: The White Sox have actually been better on the road (.523) than at home (.486) this year so their stretch run of mainly playing away from Guaranteed Rate Field isn’t necessarily a bad thing for them. … Chicago is also 3-1 against Seattle and 2-1 vs. Oakland. … The White Sox go against Logan Gilbert (11-5, 3.35) and Luis Castillo (2-1, 2.39) in the final two games of the Mariners series. … Chicago gets to play Colorado outside of Coors Field, where the Rockies are a dismal 21-46 (.313).