Twins vs Rangers coverage Last night was not the "last chance" for the Twins. A missed opportunity for a win, yes, but hardly a death sentence. In fact, being a baker's dozen (or more) of games back seems to work well for the Twins when they play the Rangers.
As of today, the Twins hold a record of 47-54 and are 7.0GB. At first glance, these numbers may seem a little scary, but after examining past seasons, this year is hardly different from most others. On July 25th for the past 10 seasons, the Twins' records have been behind by 7 or more games 4 times, behind 5 or more games 6 times, and have only been up by 0.5 games or more...twice.
The news gets better. The Twins have won 3 out of 4 games against the Rangers this year, all while being between 9GB to 11GB. With a 0.25WP against the Twins this year, the Rangers may have something to worry about.
In the June series vs. The Rangers, the Twins had a few key players. Alexi Casilla had 4 runs in that series, as did Ben Revere. Michael Cuddyer had 3 runs, while Delmon Young, Luke Hughes, and Danny Valencia all had 2.
While many fans may think it's time to throw in the towel, history has shown that the Twins are more than capable of taking down a division leader like the Rangers. Even more so, the Twins will start the series batting against LHP Derek Holland (1-2 against the Twins in past 5 years). The Twins are 17-12 against LHP's this year, adding a bit more gas to the fire.