The Minnesota Twins had clinched a playoff spot in this short 2020 season already. However, the Chicago White Sox made this crazy season a little bit sweeter. Their 10-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs gave the Twins their second consecutive American League Central Division Championship in as many seasons. The last time back-to-back Central crowns were achieved was in 2009 and 2010.
What does this mean for the postseason? With Minnesota’s extra-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds today, the Twins are the three seed in the A.L. side of the bracket. They will be set to face the sixth seed Houston Astros (29-31) at Target Field for a best-of-three win-or-go-home set starting on Tuesday. The game time and television channel is yet to be announced. When was the last time the Twins faced someone not the New York Yankees in the first round of the playoffs? In 2006 against the Oakland Athletics. Wild.
The club has pretty much their starting rotation for the Wild Card round: Kenta Maeda will go in game one. Jose Berrios will get the nod for game two. Michael Pineda is slated for game three, if it is necessary. The postseason roster, however, has not been finalized, but the 40-man pool has been announced.
Here’s the Twins’ 40-man player pool for the postseason. Alex Kirilloff and Jhoan Duran are on the taxi squad. pic.twitter.com/VtTdfTszOH— Betsy Helfand (@betsyhelfand) September 22, 2020
If the Twins move on to the Division Series, they’ll take on the winner of the White Sox-Athletics series that is taking place in Oakland. That next series will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The first seed Tampa Bay Rays will take on the Toronto Blue Jays in St Petersburg while the Cleveland Spiders will play host to the Yankees at Progressive Field.
But hey, our Minnesota Twins are once again division champs, and they’ll hopefully be able to raise a ‘19 and ‘20 flag with fans in the stands at Target Field next year.