Place your bets: Mathematically, the Twins are World Series contenders

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Ageless Twins pitcher Bartolo "Big Sexy" Colon AP/Ben Margot

The hardball wonks at Baseball Prospectus are telling the Minnesota Twins there's a chance -- a .2 percent chance, to be exact. 

That's the mathematical probability your Minnesota Twins win the 2017 World Series, and the odds have doubled in the past week! The 56-56 club has a 13.5 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to BP. Las Vegas bookies have the Twins at 100/1 to win it all. 

Those odds, of course, are longer than a Miguel Sano-boinked ding-dong.

After a brutal July, however, the Twins are 6-3 this month. Plus, they're entertaining as hell. You've got ageless Bartolo "Big Sexy" Colon pitching like it's 1999, Brian Dozier mashing nine long-balls since the All-Star break, and surging Jorge Polanco sharing his supernatural paranoia (see below).

The Twins are currently 1.5 games back in the American League Wild Card race; they're trailing the Central Division-leading Cleveland Indians by 4.5 games. Those very Indians visit Target Field next Tuesday for an extremely consequential three-game series. 

"Right now, with how good we are playing, we are able to find ways to win games," Colon said after his scoreless, seven-inning gem against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. "Hopefully, with God's help, we can keep winning games and see what we can do down the road." 

Twenty-six years removed from their last World Series win, at least the Twins are keeping things interesting so late in the summer. And, as evidenced by this training video from last winter, 44-year-old Big Sexy is hungry to compete.


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