The trade deadline is near.
We’re about to enter the dog days of August as teams prepare for the home stretch of the 2022 MLB season.
The second half if underway and we’re going to find out soon who’s in the mix and who’s not.
A team that appears to be in the mix right now is the Minnesota Twins, who lead the American League Central division by a game-and-a-half over the Cleveland Guardians.
Dan Hayes of The Athletic tweeted about what the Twins’ schedule looks like in August, and it looks like they will have the advantage of playing a ton of home games this coming month.
#MNTwins are off today then play three at San Diego.
After that, they're home for 20 of 28 games in August. Team says that's the most home games they've had in a single month in 45 years.
— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) July 28, 2022
That should give the Twins somewhat of an advantage.
They’re 27-22 at home.
They’ll play their final series of July this weekend against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park before returning home for a slew of games at Target Field.
They’ll still have a lot of stiff competition from the Guardians and the Chicago White Sox, so August will be an interesting month in the AL Central, as it’s very much a three-team race.
The series against the Padres will certainly be a tough one, but August is probably where we’ll begin to see who the best team in the AL Central truly is.
The Twins do have a solid advantage with the number of games that they’ll be playing at Target Field.
20 of their 28 games will be at home next month, which according to Hayes is the most they’ve had in a single month in 45 years.
We’ll see if the Twins can take advantage of being at home for so many games and separate themselves from the rest of the pack.