How the Twins’ 2022 season fell apart, in 4 key scenes

CHICAGO — Those were the games everyone was looking at in the spring, two three-game sets that pits the “real life” contenders of American League Central for the final nine days of the season.

Whether it was the reigning division champions White Sox, with their strong pitching staff and powerful lineup that could make opponents forget, or the Carlos Correa/Byron Buxton-powered Twins, these final encounters of 2022 should play a significant role in determining the winner.

Somewhere along the way, both teams went wide of course.

Much was her own work. Some was bad luck. Much has been the stellar work of the upstart Cleveland Guardians, a largely inexperienced club that has consistently refused to give away plate appearances, causing nightmares in aid workers, pitching coaches and general managers alike.

Overwhelming his opponents with a barrage of late-inning rallies, Cleveland dominated his more experienced opponents, winning 25 of 38 games against the Twins and White Sox. The Guardians’ dominance earlier this month, as they won seven out of eight September meetings against the Twins, left Minnesota unable to recover late to salvage the season.

So instead of nine days of baseball drama, the Twins and White Sox have to look at each other and wonder what the heck happened. Here’s a look at four pivotal regular-season games that saw the Twins spend the final weeks of the season looking toward 2023 rather than playing for a title.

April 26: Gemini 5, How the Twins’ 2022 season fell apart, in 4 key scenes

John Verrall

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