It's 8:20pm on Wednesday, but I'm making the coffee now to prevent Milkman from brewing up any more prognostications.
11:18pm update: Did the Twins clinch the second AL Wild Card as Spooky spooky'd? Yes. That was also the last opportunity for them to advance their crazy season despite losing. Be careful what you wish for...
If the Twins win this evening, they'll match a win total that I would have, before the season began, considered a benchmark for a successful season.
They've done well - better than I would've expected, clearly - and have also been the benefactors of some crazy disparity in the AL (only five teams in the AL have records above .500. Considering that the AL has gone 156-137 in interleague play this season, it's not that there aren't a ton of wins to go around).
The second half of the season begins tomorrow. Let's see what the Nation thinks about their second half.
I looked at the seasons with two wild cards and last year's 88 wins was the lowest yet. In order for the Twins to reasonably expect to make the postseason they need to aim for 90 wins. If they replicate the first half in the second half, that would give them 89 wins.
The Twins are 49-40 and have 73 games remaining. How many more do they win?