Thursday, June 29, 2006

Once again, business as usual

A dominating effort from Johan Santana? Check.
A multi-hit game for Joe Mauer? Check.
Just Rincon being a good teammate and sacrificing his ERA so Joe Nathan could have a chance at a save? Check.
Joe Nathan striking out the side for the save? Check.
Justin Morneau upping the slugging percentage? Check.

As I said, business as usual for the Twins in their 6-3 win.

Johan's now 9-4 with a 2.59 ERA, and he now has struck out 124 batters in 118.1 innings with only 20 BB.

Of course, despite winning 17 of their last 19 games, the Twins have gaied only 1/2 a game on the Tigers in the Central. For the record, here's how things stand in the central:

Detroit Tigers: 54-25 (9-1 in last 10), -
Chicago White Sox: 51-26 (9-1 in last 10), 2 GB
Minnesota Twins: 42-35 (9-1 in last 10), 11 GB
Cleveland Indians: 35-42 (4-6 in last 10), 18 GB
Kansas City Royals: 25-51 (7-3 in last 10), 27.5 GB