Breaking it down to all that matters: wins and losses.
Two games down with seven games left isn't a horrible, unscaleable wall...but it's not far off. With that in mind I wanted to make it clear what each scenario through four games in Detroit would mean to the Twins.
|Series Result||Twins Record||Tigers Record||Twins GB||Final Series Implications|
|Twins Sweep||85 - 74||83 - 76||+ 2.0||Any combination Twins wins or Tigers losses leading to two = Twins AL Central Champions|
|Twins Win 3||84 - 75||84 - 75||TIE||The better team wins; Twins need to win one more than Detroit over the final three games of the year; game 163 possible.
|Series Split||83 - 76||85 - 74||- 2.0||Twins need to sweep Royals; Tigers must lose two (enter game 163) or get swept (Twins win AL Central).|
|Tigers Win 3||82 - 77||86 - 73||- 4.0||Twins eliminated.|
|Tigers Sweep||81 - 78||87 - 72||- 6.0||Twins eliminated.|
This is going to be one helluva week. Let's go Twins!