The Twins are looking for their ninth win in their last 10 games when they face the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Target Field.
But standing in their way is Chris Archer.
Archer recently returned from the disabled list (abdominal strain) and gave up three runs over 3.1 innings against the Tigers. Yes, Archer might be slowly working his way back after the injury, but the Twins shouldn't get too excited about that.
Archer is 6-1 with a 1.95 ERA in his career against the Twins, and 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in four starts at Target Field. The last time he pitched at Target Field was on May 26, 2017, and he delivered a jaw-dropping performance, giving up two runs on five hits and one walk over 7.2 innings while striking out 11. It had Twins fans wondering what they had to do to get someone like Archer on their staff.
It will be interesting to see if Archer is at full throttle on Saturday. Twins righthander Jose Berrios is shooting for his 10th win before the All-Star break, which means a lot to him.
And the Twins have a chance at a 10-1 homestand.
"We've got two rather significant games here to go and another good pitcher in Archer," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We just have to hope that Jose is on and we can find a way to try to stretch this thing out a little further."