Inclement weather postponed last night's series opener between the Twins and Tigers, so the teams are now scheduled to open this crucial four-game set with a day-night doubleheader today. That should make for some hardcore drama.
If the Twins can find a way to sweep today's twin billing, they will be in great shape heading into the final two games of the series, needing to win only one of the two relatively favorable match-ups to leave Detroit tied for first place. If the Twins drop both these games, they're essentially sunk; they'd need to take both the final two games of the series and then they'd still need a minor miracle during the final weekend of the season to have a shot at capturing the division. If the teams split these two games -- which seems like the most likely outcome -- the Twins will need to buckle down and win on Wednesday and Thursday pull even with Detroit. That's not an absurdly tall task, since -- as I mentioned in yesterday's post -- the Tigers have their two worst starters going in those games.
So basically, the Twins need to make sure they win at least one today, and that means that if they lose the early contest they'll really their backs against the wall with Justin Verlander towing the opposing rubber in the nightcap. This is going to be a monumentally big day for the Twins, and a great opportunity for them to show exactly what they're made of. I'm excited to find out.