Wanted: AL Central Champion (Go Tigers!)
Does anybody want to win the AL Central?! As has been the case for practically the entire season, this weekend both the Twins and White Sox had opportunities to put the division in their respective back pockets, but again all that was achieved was the status quo.
Today, while Mark Buerhle turned in a much-needed good start for the Sox against Cleveland, Scott Baker pitched the Twins to a 6-0 victory over the somewhat spoiler KC Royals (who had won the first two games of the series). It was another one of those games where the Twins could not get the offense going until the later innings, and thus relied on a quality start from the starting pitcher to get the victory.
So, the next step to determining a postseason candidate from the AL Central comes tomorrow, when the Detroit Tigers and the White Sox make up a game that was rained out earlier in the month. The game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Field. Gavin Floyd (16-8, 3.91) will start for the Sox against former ChiSock Freddy Garcia (1-1, 4.50) of Detroit. A win would set up a one-game playoff in Chicago on Tuesday, while a Pale Hose loss would give the Twins the division outright. Go Tigers!
A few notes:
-If a one-game playoff were to occur, the Twins would send Nick Blackburn (11-10, 4.14) to the mound, while the White Sox will rely on John Danks (11-9, 3.47).
-Whoever makes the playoffs, the Tampa Bay Rays will be the opponent, with the first two games scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Tropicana Field.
-In the batting champion race, Joe Mauer currently sits at .330, while nearest competitor Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox is at .326. Essentially, Mauer would have to go 0-7 in a possible Tuesday tiebreaker to lose the title.