Courtesy of © Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
The bad news first: The Yankees are in tears. They captured the twins last night for beating SIX Homeruns against Ron Gardenhire's toothless tigers. Hurra pitch to contact! Even worse, it was just her first game against her this week. You have two more.
And it's not just a game. New York has played an average of 2.5 games per game in the last 35 games. That does not sound that great (because who really cares about numbers after the comma, amirite?), Except that this is more than 400 home runs a year. [1
A longer-term look at how consistent each team was and how the Twins curve has flattened in recent weeks, while the Yankees are in vogue. To help you, I have highlighted the part that is not good.
Does the schedule help? A little bit. The twins will have to do pretty good pitching in the next five games against the Nationals and the Indians, but then they'll hit the bottom three in AL Central again. They have played 71 homeruns against the White Sox and Tigers in 36 games this year, or about two per game. Unfortunately, the Yankees are ending their season in Texas, a ballpark notorious for abandoning homeruns.
I will not gloss over that: It does not look good. The homerun tempo of the twins has slowed down, they are broken and need to focus on winning a division. The Yankees are hot, healthier and can leak. It was a damn funny year, but it looks like the twins will (again) have their food money stolen from those damn Yankees again.