Since last September, a new TV show from mastermind J.J. Abrams entitled “Fringe” has captivated many viewers with its pursuing of a string of strange crimes called “the Pattern”. Well, when the Minnesota Twins have played the New York Yankees in the Bronx in recent years, another type of “Pattern” has emerged. Get your checklist ready, because here it comes:
#1: Joe Nathan (or any other Twins closer) blows a save and the Yankees win. “Check” (Friday night)
#2: Alex Rodriguez single-handedly wins a game (either in walk-off or just plain dominating fashion). “Check” (Saturday afternoon).
#3: A member of the Twins’ bullpen (it really doesn’t matter which one) takes the long, slow walk back to the dugout while New York fans and players are celebrating. “Check” (Sunday afternoon).
Now, I have to give the Twins credit for battling in all three contests so far, and the pitchers aren’t worthy of all the blame due to the nonexistent clutch hitting, but those three things seem to happen nearly every time the Twins and Yanks hook up in NYC.
Oh, Hideki Matsui usually has big games against us as well, so perhaps he can be Monday’s hero?
Preview (18-20, 3rd, 3.0 GB DET): Glen Perkins (1-2, 4.27) vs. Andy Pettitte (3-1, 4.00).