Jim Thome has 17 home runs, 44 RBIs and a robust .984 OPS for a team that leads the AL Central by four games in the middle of August. He checks in with 581 career home runs, ranking him behind just nine players in baseball history and ahead of names like Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle. But until Thome provided the walk-off heroics in his team's 7-6 win in 10 innings against the White Sox on Tuesday night, how many people were even aware he was with the Twins?

As it turns out, only about half of SportsNation.

Thome's zeitgeist fate seems to sum up the Twins. Fantastic new stadium, more wins at the moment than all but four teams in the majors and about as much attention as hits allowed by Kevin Slowey. But is this a team that could actually win the World Series? And can we get some stock tips from ESPN Chicago's Nostradamus-like Bruce Levine?

Peter (Twin Cities)

Have you heard anything on a timeline for Justin M. coming back, Sox get pretty lucky to avoid him twice and even though it has worked out so far he is missed.

ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine (before Tuesday's game)
Matt Williamson

Right now the Twins seem to be the hottest team in baseball. Ironically, Jim Thome has had some of the biggest hits for them over the past two weeks. I think they can live without Morneau for a short time. Full transcript

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