MINNEAPOLIS Some how, some way, the Minnesota Twins were only 7.5 games out of first place in the American League Central after beating the visiting Chicago White Sox on Monday. Given how deep of a hole the Twins have dug themselves into, that number just didn't seem right.
Minnesota dropped the second game of the series Tuesday to Chicago to fall back to 8.5 games out of first place. Still, the fact that the Twins are within single digits of first place says more about the AL Central as a whole than it does about the Twins.
Entering Wednesday, only two of the five teams in the division had winning records but barely. Part of the reason is that none of the five teams has been particularly successful in their home parks, either. Only the Indians have a winning record (20-18) at home. The other four AL Central teams have losing records in their own parks.
Chicago leads the Central with a record of 39-35, while Cleveland is a half game back at 37-36. The Detroit Tigers, many peop...