Actually, yes, they can. But WILL they? Anyone?
These aren't good odds, nobody is fooling themselves here. But can they do it? Before losing to the Indians this afternoon, PECOTA gave the Twins a 13.3% chance of making the playoffs, according to traditional data. It's less for the ELO-adjusted projections (11%) and the PECOTA's player-performance rates-adjusted odds (6.7%). I'm guessing today's loss doesn't do much for those odds.
Out of the eight teams you could still consider "in it" (Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Angels, Rangers, Tigers, White Sox and Twins), Minnesota is a distant eighth. There isn't even a gambling man's hope of a Wild Card slot.
Let's hear it...