Despite being one of the biggest underdogs in the American League leading up to Opening Day, the Minnesota Twins have been one of the league’s best surprises in 2015, and heading into the final month of the campaign, find themselves just 1.5 games back of the second Wild Card postseason spot.
Though they went just 14-14 over the entire month of August, things were looking gloomy early on, as the Twins scuffled to begin the month. Fortunately, they managed to right the ship with a six-game winning streak beginning August 20, and now eight wins in their last ten games, Minnesota looks poised to continue their march at a postseason berth.
Nothing figures to come easy from here on out, as Minnesota faces the Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Detroit Tigers over the next four weeks, teams that are still at least somewhat involved in the current playoff picture. In other words, if the Twins manage to pull it off, they will have certainly earned it.
For that reason, tickets to see the Twins throughout the final month are surprisingly becoming a sought-after item, and the best part is that they’re very affordable, being just $50.14 on average, according to Razorgator. That’s an astounding bargain for a team that not only is very much in contention for one of the two Wild Card spots, but also considering the quality of their opponents down the stretch.
One of their most important series matchups in September comes against another Wild Card contender, the Angels, in a huge four-game set at Target Field beginning September 16. Tickets for this particular series are averaging $59.91, which is still excellent value considering Angels tickets usually go for more than that, no matter where they play. That’s because they have the best player in the game, Mike Trout, not to mention the lumber of Albert Pujols, but even aside from that, the Angels are the team directly behind Minnesota in the Wild Card picture, as both narrowly trail the surging Texas Rangers for that second spot. Thus, this series will have a huge impact on the playoff aspirations for both teams.
All season long, the trio of catcher Joe Mauer (.271, 8 HR 55 RBIs) and infielders Brian Dozier (.245, 26 HR, 66 RBIs) and Trevor Plouffe (.244, 18 HR, 70 RBIs) have helped pace the offense. The ultimate difference-maker, however, could be emerging rookie third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been nothing short of outstanding since being called up months ago. He’s been so impactful that he was quickly inserted into the middle of the batting order and hasn’t looked back since, being on pace to belt more than 20 home runs in just more than 70 games.
The Twins play half their 28 games this month at Target Field, where they are an impressive 40-25 overall and 14-8 over their last 22 games. With the other half on the road, though, the Twins will need to pick up their road play if they want to ultimately come away with that second Wild Card berth. The other contenders surely won’t let up down the stretch, but if Minnesota is able to improve their play away from home, it could definitely be the Twins who surprise everyone and reach the playoffs.