The Cleveland Indians Square off Against the Minnesota Twins In A Crucial Three-Game Series

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Aug 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) forces out Minnesota Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas (19) during the fourth inning at Progressive Field. Lindor did not turn the double play. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) forces out Minnesota Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas (19) during the fourth inning at Progressive Field. Lindor did not turn the double play. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) forces out Minnesota Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas (19) during the fourth inning at Progressive Field. Lindor did not turn the double play. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) forces out Minnesota Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas (19) during the fourth inning at Progressive Field. Lindor did not turn the double play. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

After a disastrous roadtrip, can the Cleveland Indians get back on track at home?

The Cleveland Indians are returning home for a 10-game homestand, and it’s coming not a moment too soon, as the Tribe went 2-5 during their most recent roadtrip to Oakland and Texas. The club is now 73-56, to go along with being 13-13 in August, and this swoon has dropped their division lead over the Detroit Tigers to 4.5 games.

Cleveland now welcomes division rival Minnesota, which normally is a good thing, as the Indians are 33-17 against AL Central opponents. The bad news, though, is that they are 5-8 against the Twins. That’s right, the 49-81 Minnesota Twins. A full16 percent of the Twins win this year have come against the Indians, and their 8 wins against the Indians are their most against any team. To add insult to injury, the Twins have outscored the Indians 77-65.

Minnesota is in the midst of another tough month, as they have gone 6-15 in 21 August despite opening the month winning three out four against Cleveland. The Twins have the worst record in the American League, and are currently neck in neck with the Atlanta Braves for the worst record in all of baseball.

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