Just Win, Baby
You know, there aren’t a whole lot of scenarios in which I can think of many positive things to say about Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, but he did coin a catchphrase that pretty much describes professional sports in a nutshell: Just win, baby.
In football, that phrase translates into doing everything possible to get the “W” on a Sunday or Monday night. In baseball, where the schedule stretches on into the dog days of summer, it comes down to winning series, something the Twins have done with remarkable success (i.e. no failure) so far this season and, with a win over Cleveland tonight, are in a great position to do so again.
Tonight, the star of the show was Kevin Slowey, who sliced his way (8 IP, 1 ER, 5 H) through the Indians lineup with relative ease, striking out nine in the process.
Offensively, the Twins were helped by an inning that one would be accustomed to seeing in Dwarf League baseball, not the majors, featuring an easy double-play ball going through SS Asdrubal Cabrera’s legs, and then two runs scoring on one wild pitch.
If this single game told me anything, it is that I can say with little to no trepidation that the Cleveland Indians will be in last place come early October.
-Yesterday, this guy…
It always amazes me how quickly one can fall while playing this game. In 2003, Eric Gagne put together perhaps the greatest season by a closer in major league history: 1.20 ERA, 55 saves. After one more good season in LA, Gagne pretty much dropped off the face of the earth, never again even coming remotely close to his old dominating form. Of course, Gagne was also named in the Mitchell Report as admitting to have taken HGH. Perhaps that explains a few things.
Preview (10-4, 1st, 3.0 GA DET): David Huff (1-1, 1.80) vs. Francisco Liriano (1-0, 2.08).