For nearly six months now and a total of 155 games, the Minnesota Twins have managed to keep themselves in the thick of the American League Central. A recent hot streak in the past week or two has propelled the club to an 81-74 record with one week remaining in the regular season.
From the time the season starts in late February with spring training to the time the real season kicks off in the first days of April and then finally until all 162 games are completed, each team plays almost every day for a chance.
Teams play for a chance, a chance to be in the type of situation that the Twins find themselves in on their trip to Detroit. Some teams lock up a playoff berth well before the final week, many others lock up a look ahead to the next season well before that. Some others aren’t lucky enough to have their playoff ticket stamped, but they are lucky to be playing for more of a reason than just counting down the days until off-season golf.
The Twins are one of those few teams.
While the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees rest and align themselves for their first playoff series, the Minnesota Twins find themselves entering Detroit trailing by two games with a chance to leave on Thursday night leading the division, tied for the division lead, or in a worst case scenario, eliminated from the division.
There is no doubt that the Twins would much rather be setting up their rotation for the first games of the American League Divisional Series, but they are lucky nonetheless. They’re lucky to be playing for something and to have a chance; no matter how difficult the outlook may seem.
Come Friday when the Twins kick off their final regular season series at the Metrodome, they could be playing for their season or playing to finish up a long, 162 game year before heading to the warm weather down south. Whatever may happen, the Twins have made it to the final week still alive. For the next four days, the team will have what many others would love to have at this point: a chance.