That theory was supported by Chicago's 5-13 mark against the Twins this season and its dismal 30-40 ledger within the division, entering Saturday's game against the Indians.
"If we're going to compete, we have to build a team to beat Minnesota. I said that in Spring Training, and people thought I was crazy," Guillen said. "There's one thing about baseball, or myself -- maybe the way I am, what I do, the way I talk -- when I say something, people don't really believe it.
"When Minnesota lost [closer Joe] Nathan, I said, 'Don't worry about it. They don't need Nathan. It's a big miss, but they're not going to need him.' I wish people would go back and read what I [said], how they'll be good.
"Last night, I was talking to [bench coach] Joey [Cora], and I said, 'Look at that. [Twins reliever Jesse] Crain gave up six runs against Toronto. We can't even hit a foul ball against him.' That's the way it is.
"[The Twins are] very, very professional guys. They're better than us," Guillen said. "A lot of people say we have to build a team to pass New York and Boston in the past. To get there, you've got to beat Minnesota."