Monday’s game marks the Twins’ 81st of the season, meaning they have half a season left to try to salvage what has been a major disappointment.
The past three games at Wrigley Field aside, the Twins’ biggest issue this year has been their lack of offense. They are on pace to score 694 runs this season, a year after scoring 815. (Before Friday, they were on pace to score 660.) The Twins rank in the bottom five in the AL in runs (343), home runs (83) and batting average (.238).
The Twins are 10 games under .500 on the season, and they are also 10 games under .500 on the road. They went 7-3 on a 10-game road trip vs. the White Sox, Cardinals and Angels in May; since then, they have won only one of their past six road series. That series was at Cleveland, which brings us to one reason for optimism.
HOPE? A LITTLE
Another wild-card berth is almost certainly out of reach; the Twins have the 10th-best record in the 15-team AL. They sit in second in the woeful AL Central but are nine games behind the Indians. However, the Twins are 6-3 vs. Cleveland this year, and the teams have 10 games remaining — although seven of those are in Ohio.