In case you haven’t noticed — and judging by the attendance, you haven’t — the Twins have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.
Aimless “Major League” references aside, the Twins have won five of their past six games while showing signs of honest-to-goodness competence. And if ever there was a chance to make a move, this is it. Consider the team’s upcoming slate:
• Three games at Kansas City (.431 winning percentage entering Sunday)
• Three games vs. the Cubs (.346)
• Three games vs. Philadelphia (.519)
• Three games vs. Milwaukee (.453)
• Three games at Pittsburgh (.500)
• Three games at Cincinnati (.569)
The Twins are 20-33 after beating Cleveland on Sunday. Let’s get aggressive and say they go 12-6 in these next 18 games, a daunting task, no doubt, but not impossible given their recent improvement and the annual success they enjoy in Interleague play. 12-6 would put the Twins at 32-39, which would give them a fighting chance to at least make the remainder of this season interesting.
Now, we’re not saying this is the likely outcome, but the way 2012 has unfolded thus far, we’ll take dashes of optimism wherever we can get them. And if wishful prognosticating happens to be one of those dashes, well so be it.