We are approaching the 2019 Open Day and, let's not look at it now, but current forecasts make it seem plausible that the Twins will host the American League (AL) Central Division Champions Cleveland Indians on March 28th at 15:10. The Thursday, Saturday and Sunday series will be the only three family games before they start their first road trip traveling to Kansas City, the new Phillies look and the New York Mets.
April (12 home, 13 street, 5 outside)
Apart from the three games against the Phillies and five games against the Houston Astros, the twins have the opportunity to take advantage of an easy program in the first full month of the season. This includes a homestand of seven games against the Tigers and the Blue Jays in mid-April and six total games against the Orioles of Baltimore.
May (13 home, 15 street, 3 outside)
Things get more difficult in May, as their first five games are against Houston at home (2) and New York Yankees at the Yankees Stadium (3). They will face a solid, but not exceptional, team Angels (6) and Rays (2) eight times during the month and will host the Brewers for two games towards the end of the month. Blue Jays, Tigers, Mariners and White Sox are also on sale and all the Twins must really win.
June (12 houses, 15 away, 3 less)
The third month of the year could be a crucial month for the twins, as 16 of their 27 games come against the enemies of the division, and only three of these games are against the Indians in Cleveland. That being said, five games against the Rays and three games against the Red Sox at Target Field will be a challenge and, particularly with the Rays, could have implications for the Wild Card tie-break along the way.
July (12 houses, 12 away, 7 less)
July will be another important month for the twins, as 13 of their games will be against teams that are likely to find themselves in the middle of the race to develop the playoffs. Ten of these games above will immediately follow Cleveland's All-Star Break for three games and will host the A and Yankees for seven games. If they struggle during this time, they have the opportunity to play at the White Sox and the Marlins to finish the month.
August (16 houses, 12 away, 3 less)
The "dog days of summer" will be something that the twins look forward to this season … (see below). They have a tough game of 10 games in which they will face the Braves (3) and the Indians (4) followed by two games in Milwaukee. Outside of these nine games, the other 19 will be against teams that are currently projected for 74 wins or less according to Vegas.
September (13 houses, 14 away, 3 less)
Uf-dah (why does my Grammarly recognize it as a word?). In the closing season of the months, the twins will have twelve consecutive games against teams that will probably fight for a place in the playoffs, including six critical games against the Indians. The other six will be at Fenway and against the Nationals at home. Unfortunately, these games occur at the beginning of the month, which makes it less likely that these teams have achieved something at that point. This is by far the most difficult part of the season and comes during the most important period of the season. I must say that they end the season with 13 games against the last three teams in the division.
Notes of interest
The longest family of the season is ten games against August 2 until August 11 against the royals, the Braves and the Indians.
The longest road trip of the season is 10 games and 12 days, including a day trip, from 29 May to 9 June against the Rays, Indians and tigers.
There must be some labor law. I am not aware that the teams will have at least one day off in a two-week period, as the twins play in 13 consecutive games at different points during the season.
That said, the Twins have three distinct traits of 26 games in 27 days, including two of these traits that start at the beginning and end of August.
The most difficult part of the season was mentioned above, but what should be the easiest part of the season occurs in the 17 games that lead to the trip to Fenway. These 17 games will be against the Rangers, the White Sox and the Tigers.
Promotions worthy of note: follow the link to the complete list
March 28 (Opening Day) v. Cleveland – Twins Puffer Vest
27 April v. Orioles – Twins Plaid Flap Cap
24 May v. White Sox – Joe Mauer Bobblehead # 1
15 June v. Royals – Joe Mauer Day & No. 7 Baseball Cap
19 July v. Athletics – Joe Mauer Bobblehead # 2
August 3 against Royals – Joe Nathan Hall of Fame Bobblehead
4 August v. Royals – Joe Nathan and Jerry Bell Hall of Fame Pins
August 24 against Tigers – Joe Mauer Bobblehead # 3
7 September v. Indians – Joe Mauer Bobblehead # 4
Interrupting a program is an interesting exercise. Not that you'll ever feel bad for someone who earns millions of dollars, but you can certainly appreciate how exhausting the Major League Baseball season is. What are you waiting impatiently for this upcoming twins season? Do you have any games or series you've already seen? Let me know if the comments!