A Mental Edge
As I mentioned in my previous post, there is no team I would rather have the Twins chasing in the AL Central than the Chicago White Sox. Why? Perhaps I am alone in this interpretation, but I feel that the Twins have the “mental edge” over the Pale Hose.
Here is how I see it: when the Twins play Chicago, Twins players/fans think “Oh yeah, we can beat these guys”, while White Sox players/fans think “Uh oh, here come those #$%^ Twins again”. I think this attitude comes from the 2002-2004 seasons (and even in 2006, I guess), when the Twins always seemed to come up with a big series win (often a sweep) against Chicago. Just out of curiosity, do Chicago White Sox fans feel the same way?
Just for fun, here is how I think the “mental edge” works in the other AL Central matchups:
Twins/Royals: Twins expect a series win, with a sweep never too far away. KC fans just keeping chanting “lets go Royals” in monotone no matter who they play. Advantage–Twins.
Twins/Tigers: Tigers expect a tough matchup, but the Twins are always worried that Detroit’s big bats could come alive at any moment and our sometimes-shaky bullpen will not be able to shut them down. Advantage–Tigers.
Twins/Indians: For some reason (although I don’t have exact statistics on the matter), I feel that Cleveland has owned the Twins the past few years. Whenever I see Cleveland on the schedule (not matter how good or bad they are playing) I think “oh no, not them again”. I really have no idea how the Indians perceive the Twins. Advantage: Indians.