Thursday, July 27, 2006

How sweep it is to be able to win on the road

Coming into the 6-game roadtrip: 17-29 on the road, 4 games out of WC behind White Sox

Coming out of 6-game roadtrip: 22-30 on the road, 0.5 games out of WC behind Yankees

Combine that with the best home record in baseball, and maybe we have something here. Like a 34-8 record in the team's past 42 games.

Although unquestionably a 3-game sweep of the hated White Sox in Chicago has to be the best part of the season so far. Especially since the Twins win on Wednesday featured the inconsistent (to put it nicely) Carlos Silva going up against the All-Star Mark Buehrle.

With the game knotted at 3, Justin Morneau jumped on the first pitch he saw from Mark Buehrle in the 5th for a deep HR to right, which gave the Twins a 5-3 lead they wouldn't give back. This was just another example of how much better Morneau has been this year against lefties, and it's showing as he now has 27 HR.

The bullpen was again strong, as it usually is. Pat Neshek did give up his first run of the year, which raised the ERA from 0.00 to a whopping 1.08. Reyes got 2 outs to put his ERA at 1.33, Rincon pitched a scoreless 8th to lower his ERA to 1.95, and Joe Nathan showed no ill-effects of his long inning Tuesday, as he pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save and lowered the ERA to 1.47.

Best bullpen in baseball? I think so.

The Twins have the day off Thursday before heading back home for a 3-game set with Detroit. For more information on that series and both teams, you can check out Complete Sports. Francisco Liriano will look to continue his dominance Friday, while Brad Radke will get the ball Saturday, and Johan Santana will pitch the series finale. Let's home for similar results as we've gotten lately!