The magic number for the Minnesota Twins to clinch a spot in the playoffs prior to tonight’s game was one. After a victory against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field - Brandon has the recap here! - the Twins have made the 2020 postseason. This will be second playoff appearance in as many seasons and third trip to the postseason in four years. It will be the team’s 14th postseason appearance in its history.
Like many teams in the league, the Twins have faced a plethora of injuries as well as a losing streak - a six-game skid to close out August. On the other hand, Minnesota posted a six-game winning streak to build a nice cushion in the early weeks of the year. They will also have turned in a record over .500 against American League Central foes.
Of course, the end goal will be to win the AL Central crown for the second season in a row. At the end of play tonight, the Chicago White Sox continue to lead the Twins by three games for first place in the Central. The Twins will face the Cubs once more tomorrow followed by a two-game series at Target Field against the Detroit Tigers and a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds. The White Sox see the Reds once more, Cleveland for a four-game series, and close the season against the Cubs - all teams in the playoff race.
Seeding is not yet set and far from determined. Minnesota will continue to fight the dreaded New York Yankees for the fourth seed in the field of eight teams that will make the postseason from the American League. The one who wins the fourth seed will host the fifth seed. The Twins currently own the fourth seed with the Yankees one-half game back. New York has one more game against the lowly Boston Red Sox and then has two series against teams in the thick of the playoff hunt: four games against the Toronto Blue Jays and three games against the Miami Marlins.
In the end run: the Minnesota Twins have made the playoffs. But to make it work in their favor, they have work to do this last week of the regular season.