That Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor's contributions this past weekend in a pivotal AL Central series were secondary - and Cleveland still took three of four in Minnesota - must have added to the frustration the Twins felt as their once-commanding division lead disappeared.

Lindor went 4-for-15 and drew five walks, but it was teammates Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana who dealt the biggest offensive blows to Twins pitchers.

As he has throughout his career, though, Lindor will almost certainly be a driving force for the Indians in the coming month and a half. He's the ultimate swing player in the race against Minnesota, the kind of talent the Twins do not have in their arsenal and one many fans around baseball may be underestimating.

The 25-year-old compares favorably not only to the shortstops who have come up alongside him, such as Carlos Correa and Corey Seager, but also to the revered MLB infielders who broke through in the 1990s, such as Nomar Garciaparra and Derek Jeter. He's on a Hall of Fame pace, and he carries the exuberance to match his stellar play.