The Minnesota Twins came out ready to bounce back from a terrible 2021 season that saw them finish 73-89 and at the bottom of the AL Central.
After signing Carlos Correa and acquiring Sonny Gray, Gary Sanchez, and Gio Urshela, the Twins began playing solid baseball and staked out a lead in the American League Central division that had yet to be overcome.
That is, until last night.
With their 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Guardians, their lead in the AL Central was no more and the Guardians moved into a tie for first in the division.
Talkin’ Baseball pointed out on Twitter that this is the first time since April 23 that the Twins have not had sole possession of first place in the Central.
The Guardians are now tied for first place in the AL Central
It's the first time since April 23rd that the Twins have not been alone in first place pic.twitter.com/syGveNoV5s
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) June 22, 2022
An Important Series
This is a key series between the Twins and Guardians.
With the struggles of the Chicago White Sox, the Twins and the Guardians have both been given a shot to take home the AL Central title.
But Cleveland took the opener of the series between the two squads, and by virtue of winning percentage, they are the ones at the top of the Central division.
But it’s been a while since the Twins weren’t alone at the top of the division.
We’re now approaching the month of July, when the dog days of the baseball season officially begin, and it’s looking like we’re going to have an interesting race between the Twins and the Guardians, with the White Sox also not too far behind.
The AL Central is looking like a three-horse race at the moment.
We’ll see if the Twins can bounce back and reclaim sole possession of first place in the division.