Skip to main content
Publish date:

In tight race, Twins have huge week ahead against Braves, Indians

Two of the best in the big leagues visit the Twins this week.
Author:
Max Kepler

With 51 games left in the regular season, the Twins hold a three-game lead over the Indians in the Central Division with a haul of tough games on tap over the next week. 

Minnesota hosts the Braves Monday-Wednesday before the biggest series of the season Thursday-Sunday at Target Field against the Indians. That's tough sledding, considering the Braves lead the NL East and the Indians are the hottest team on the planet since June 4. 

Cleveland, fresh off a sweep of the Angels, is 16-7 since the All-Star break and 37-15 since June 4, which just so happens to mark the day the Twins' 11.5-game lead began to shrink.

The Twins were 40-18 on June 4 but have since gone 29-24, a very respectable .547 winning percentage that has simply been dwarfed by Cleveland's .712 winning percentage. 

While the Twins are facing the Braves, the Indians will be hosting the Rangers. 

The good news for the Twins is that the Rangers are due to start All-Star Mike Minor on Monday and Lance Lynn, who's having a great season, on Wednesday. And only one of Cleveland's dominating starters, Mike Clevinger, is scheduled to pitch during the series. 

Meanwhile, Minnesota will have its hands full Monday night as Braves 22-year-old rookie Mike Soroka takes the mound. Soroka is 10-2 with a 2.37 ERA, good for second lowest in the NL. 

The Twins will counter with Jake Odorizzi (12-5, 3.73 ERA), followed by pitching matches Tuesday and Wednesday featuring Jose Berrios (10-5, 2.80 ERA) against Max Fried (12-4, 4.07 ERA), and Martin Perez (8-4, 4.58 ERA) opposed by Kevin Guasman (3-7, 6.19 ERA).  

That'll set the stage for four games against the Indians, with the following pitching matchups tentatively scheduled: 

  • Thursday: Kyle Gibson vs. Adam Plutko
  • Friday: Twins TBD vs. Shane Bieber
  • Saturday: Jake Odorizzi vs. Indians TBD
  • Sunday: Jose Berrios vs. Zach Plesac

After the series with Cleveland, Minnesota gets an off day followed by two games against the slumping Brewers in Milwaukee. Then the schedule gets much easier as the Twins play 26 of their final 38 games against the White Sox, Tigers and Royals. 

Next Up

Brian O'Neill

Matthew Coller: What if the VIkings didn't have Detroit?

The Lions have been like two freebies on the Vikings' schedule the past three seasons.

water drain

MN will get $116M for water projects as part of infrastructure package

Nationwide, $7.4 billion will be distributed for projects next year.

covid

3rd teenage death from COVID-19 reported in Minnesota

All three of the teenage deaths have occurred in the past three months.

crowne plaza hotel minneapolis mn

Former downtown Minneapolis Crowne Plaza to become boutique hotel

The hotel closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and never reopened.

covid-19, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, December 3

The latest from the health department. The next update comes Monday.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man who threatened suicide by cop detained, hospitalized

Officers responded to the incident at around 1:40 a.m. Friday.

northbound remodel facebook

Northbound brewpub reopens with new look, revamped menu

It had been closed since October for the big remodel.

Snow, Hanley Falls

Latest storm track, snow forecast for weekend winter storm

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch.

gianni's wayzata heated patio

These Twin Cities restaurants have heated patios for outdoor winter dining

From bonfires to igloos, Twin Cities restaurants have you covered as temperatures drop.

Related

Max Kepler

Indians have been 'chasing down these Twins' for months

The biggest series of the season starts Thursday night.

Twins fall short as Indians take opening game of huge series

The Twins also lost Nelson Cruz to a left wrist strain.

Nelson Cruz

Big challenge: Twins face Yankees with Indians charging in AL Central

This is not what the Twins had envisioned with an 11.5-game lead in early June.

Nelson Cruz

Twins have chance to boost lead as Indians enter gauntlet

Cleveland's schedule is about to get extremely difficult.

Max Kepler

Only 1 team has done what the Twins might do this season

Minnesota is still the statistical favorite to win the division.

Rocco Baldelli

Yankees, Astros now have bigger division leads than Twins

Minnesota has the third-best record in the AL entering play Friday.

Trevor Bauer

Indians going after Twins with top-3 starters in big weekend series

The Twins will counter with three of their best starters.