Were these two teams truly equally likely to make the playoffs on September 4? I’d be hard-pressed to believe otherwise. They had the exact same record, after all. Every playoff odds projection system agreed that it was a tossup. It’s easy to say in retrospect that the Guardians were constructed better, that they were always going to win these games against the Twins, but that simply isn’t the case. The Twins’ offense didn’t have to fall apart in September; they averaged 4.5 runs per game before their recent swoon. Guardians pitching could have faltered in one or two of those games; it’s hard to say that one team was clearly better in a 7–6 game that goes 15 innings, for example. This is just the way the cookie crumbled. Sometimes two evenly matched teams play seven games and one of them wins six.
Do you think the current roster can win a playoff game? They have maybe 4 legit bats in the lineup right now. Cleveland has more.
Twins: Arreaz, Correa, Miranda, Urshela.
Cleveland: Ramirez, Rosario, Jiminez, Kwan, Naylor.
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