Although Minnesota took two of three off Cleveland last week, their lead in the AL Central has evaporated to only two games after their loss to the Yankees Thursday night. Despite being 11.5 games ahead of the Indians at the beginning of June, the Twins have slipped from the elite form they showed early on in the season and allowed the Indians to make up serious ground.
The Twins have now failed to win any of their last four series, going 3-6 in that span. Cleveland, on the other hand, has been red-hot and has posted a record of 7-2 in that same span.
Talks of Cleveland being dead in the water were real and many analysts were calling for the front office to blow up the team and begin a re-build. However, a new burst of energy in the offense and stellar pitching in the absence of Kluber and Carrasco has given the Tribe new life this season.
The battle for the AL Central is nowhere near from over, however, and the Indians will face a strong test in their upcoming series games against Astros and Angels after their road trip to Kansas City. The Twins, on the other hand, will have a chance to re-establish distance from Cleveland as they travel to Chicago to play the White Sox and then to Miami to face the Marlins.