CHICAGO — It’s been more than a month since the Twins played an AL Central team, and the break was probably a good thing. The Twins are 5-19 against their own division, with a whopping 52 more games to come, but four of those wins came against the Cleveland Indians.
That’s right, the Twins are 0-6 against Detroit, 1-5 against Kansas City and 0-6 against the White Sox, whom they meet tonight. That’s 1-17 against teams they believed they would hold their own against this season, and yes, it bugs Paul Molitor.
“Some of these Central division teams, they’ve dominated us. We have to find a way to make these games more competitive,” Molitor said. “Our guys have taken it personal. You can only go out and play a good game tonight, I get that, but I’ve got it in the back of my mind that we’ve got to play better against some of these teams, including the White Sox.”
Chicago’s six-game winning streak against the Twins is only two away from their longest streak ever (1995) in this matchup, and the Twins definitely don’t want to make that history. But here’s the part that might give last-place Minnesota some hope: Since these teams last met on May 8, they have identical 16-28 records. No, that’s not good, but neither does it make things seem hopeless at U.S. Cellular Field tonight.
The Twins send Kyle Gibson to the mound seeking his first win of the season, and “I understand his anxiousness” about his record, Molitor said. “You’re heading into July and you haven’t posted one in the win column yet. But he’s had a couple of good starts coming back” from the disabled list.
He’s not the only one who hasn’t won in awhile. Jose Quintana’s last victory was against the Twins on May 8; he’s 0-6 since then.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s opener of a three-game visit to Chicago.