La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins-White Sox: Your thoughts on the finish

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 18, 2013 - 11:41 AM

It was a harmless tweet meant to provoke a little thought on the state of Twins baseball over the last two weeks of the season.

After the Twins latest trainwreck, a 4-3 loss to the hapless Chicago White Sox, I asked fans on twitter to predict the Twins record over the final 12 games of the season. I received several dozen responses in a couple of hours. Pretty good, I think, for fans of a team in a tailspin.

Here are the results of the quicktwit poll:

3-9:      35 percent
2-10:    26 percent
4-8:      11 percent
0-12:     8 percent
1-11:     6 percent
12-0:     4 percent - after @BertBlyleven tweeted Twins fans should be behind their team

5-7:        1 percent
6-6:        1 percent
8-4:        1 percent

So most of you feel that the Twins will finish 67-95 - and manager Ron Gardenhire will end the season with 999 career victories.  That also means that, over the last three seasons, the Twins will have lost 99, 96 and 95 games.

Sooooooo, I pose the question on this blog. There's 12 games left in the season. You see what the Twins are putting on the field these days. What will their record be over the final 12 games.

Keep in mind that the Twins have series left against Oakland, Detroit and Cleveland - teams in the playoff hunt.

What say you?????? Discuss.

Will check back later with lineups and updates.


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