Well, the Twins managed to stick a fork in the White Sox for the second time this season, although this time I’m actually hoping they rise from that grave and put a beat-down on the Tigers this weekend.
It wasn’t pretty last night, but the Twins hung on for the Pale Hose sweep at The Cell and kept themselves in the thick of the AL Central race.
Basically, after today, the AL Central race will be down to four teams: Kansas City, Chicago, Minnesota, and Chicago. Two are spoilers, while two are trying to reach the promised land. Here are the remaining schedules for both the Twins and Tigers:
DET: 1 @ CLE, 3 @ CWS, 4 vs. MN, 3 vs. CWS
MN: 3 @ KC, 4 @ DET, 3 vs. KC
You know, for a team that hasn’t seriously competed for the division in quite awhile (the 2003 fade aside), the Royals have been in the thick of playoffs races almost every year. In 2006 they helped the Twins overtake the Tigers on the final day of the season, while last year they forced the Twins to play a 163rd game that we would eventually lose. It will be no different this year. Both Detroit and Minnesota are talented enough to beat the boys from Kauffman Stadium, but the question is who will feel the pressure the most?
If I had to guess, I will say that the Twins will come into the big Detroit series about the same as where we are right now…2.5 GB, give or take 0.5. That is, of course, unless KC plays spoiler again…
Preview (79-73, 2nd, 2.5 GB DET): Carl Pavano (12-11, 4.82) vs. Robinson Tejada (4-1, 2.94). Are you sure we can’t just skip Pavano and pitch him twice in the Detroit series?! Maybe Rick Anderson can rig up a pair of glasses for him that turn the Royal batters into Tigers.