Monday, September 25, 2006

Magic Number: 2

First off, my apologies to my 1 or 2 readers for being away so long... I'd like to say I was unavailable to post, but if you read Complete Sports, you'll know that wasn't the case. But in all honesty, I was super busy with school and work, plus just weekend laziness. But I'm back, the Twins are playing well, and almost all is right with the world.

After taking 2 of 3 from Baltimore to go 7-3 on the roadtrip, the Twins finish out the road season at 42-39, which is certainly respectable. Overall, they stand at 93-63 with 7 games remaining, with the Tigers at 94-62 with 6 games remaining.

In other words, the Twins are 1.5 games back of Detroit for the division lead, and 5.5 games ahead of the Chicago White Sox for the Wildcard, and could clinch a playoff spot as early as today. Um, wow!

Boof Bonser will be sent to the hill to try to have the Twins do their part, and he's been very good lately. For the year, he is 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA, and if he has a couple of solid starts, that will secure his place in the playoff rotation, whether Brad Radke is able to come back or not. The White Sox will start John Garland.

Elsewhere, we all know how amazing Joe Nathan has been this year (Thank You Brian Sabean!), but now everyone else does as well, as Nathan is a finalist for the Delivery Man of the Year Award.

4 comments:

Diehard CT Twins Fan said...

The Twins are 92-63 as of 12:00 Eastern time. Lets get the wild card wrapped up by Tuesday and go after the division.

What happens if there is a tie for the division? I am pretty sure it is head to head, and the Tigers win the tie break. Am I correct? I am too lazy to look it up right now.

twins15 said...

Yep, Tigers get the tiebreak because of the head-to-head... so the Twins basically are 2.5 GB of winning the division, because they have to finish better than Detroit. Not much margin for error in this last week.

MNPundit said...

As one of your few readers, let me say glad you're back. It's amazing when you think about it--the Twins will almost certainly win more games this year than they have this DECADE. Is this the best Twins team since 1991? I think at this point it's a legitimate question to ask.

Also I hate DHL because they were total assholes to my girlfriend about a package (including lying to her about showing up, about doors being locked, and about office hours) and charged her extra money for their mistakes, so that's a boo but that Joe Nathan is awesome should be self-evident!

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