With two months left in the 2015 Major League Baseball regular season, the Minnesota Twins are just trying to hang on to their current residency in one of the AL’s two Wild Card spots, and thus, are trying to finish off one of the most improbable runs to the playoffs in recent memory. Considering most people had the Twins pegged for last place in the AL Central once again, Minnesota has shocked the baseball world up to this point, and appear poised to finish the job.
In the upcoming week, the Twins will visit the Toronto Blue Jays for four games and division rival Cleveland Indians for three, two teams who rank directly below them in the chase for the postseason. As a result, this is a very important stretch coming up for Minnesota, and it’s reflecting in the ticket market as well. In fact, tickets to see the Twins at Rogers Centre are averaging $62.87, which is a bit higher than their usual pricing on the secondary market, according to Razorgator.com. In addition, the get-in price for each game is only $10.
When the Twins go to Cleveland, there is a drop in price for the series, as one might expect, with tickets averaging $52.21 for this three-game set. This series also features some of the most anticipated Indians tickets of the season, as the middle affair between the two clubs is Michael Brantley Bobblehead Night, and for that contest, tickets are averaging $64.12 on the secondary market.
While Minnesota doesn’t exactly sport a star-studded roster, they do have a variety of players on both sides of the ball who have made a considerable impact under first-year manager Paul Molitor. Joe Mauer, for one, is the most recognizable name within the lineup, as he’s helped lead a modest attack offensively. The team has also enjoyed the return of longtime Twin Torii Hunter, who has also helped mentor much of Minnesota’s young talent. One of those names includes rookie sensation Byron Buxton, who has already exhibited the tools of having a very promising future in the Twin Cities.
The Twins’ pitching has been very impressive, and a big reason why they currently sit where they are. It only got better when free agent signing Ervin Santana finally made his team debut a few weeks ago, after missing the first 80 games due to a PED-related suspension. Kyle Gibson and Tommy Milone have also contributed notable efforts this season in helping the club maintain steady starting pitching.
Without question, Minnesota has done an admirable job all season long in even getting to this point, with a once-considered unattainable playoff spot fully in their grasp. As long as they can make it through the season’s final two months playing the same brand of baseball that they’ve played for much of the campaign, the Twins will finish their cinderella story and get into the postseason. With a lot of good teams vying for their position, though, it will absolutely be incredibly difficult.