The Twins open the unofficial second half with four games at home against the first-place Chicago White Sox.
The Sox are 25-5 in their last 30 games. They're not that good — nobody is — but they're better than the 24-33 team they were before the hot streak kicked in.
Getting the Sox now is probably better than getting them last week, but at this writing Justin Morneau's availability is uncertain, Joe Mauer is no more rested and recovered than he was before the All-Star break, the pitching issues remain unaddressed and management continues to be enamored with a slow lineup that waits for the long ball and has limited range in the field.
That's similar to what the White Sox had been the past few years. There were a lot of eyebrows raised when they opted for a speedier, contact hitting approach and decided there was no room there for Jim Thome. There still are Sox followers critical of that decision.
But this year it's the Twins who can't score from first on a double, who can't go first-to-third on a single, and who are in third place with an anchor.
Anyway: The Twins are 3.5 games back now. The Sox are justifiably feeling good about themselves. The Twins would make life a lot easier for themselves if they won this series.