now all of the Twins pitchers all have at least 5 wins setting their
paces for a great season, full of wins. As of last night, the Twins
are 31-20, which is 11 games over .500 (.608), and they are 4.5
games ahead of the second place team in the AL Central, Detroit
Tigers. There is only one team in the AL better than the Twins, the
Tampa Bay Rays, and in the NL, only the San Diego Padres sit atop with
the same record as the Twins.
If the playoffs were today here’s how the AL would stand:
1. Tampa Bay Rays
2. Minnesota Twins
3. Oakland A’s
Wild Card: New York Yankees
I’m hoping before the playoffs happen, that the New York Yankees fall
out of any of the spots that have a post season. I know there is still
a lot of season left before post season happens, but as we only have a
little over a month until the All-Star Break (about 1/2 way thru the
season), one has to look at the standings to see what kind of a chance
their team will have of making it further than just the regular season.
I don’t think any team is necessarily out of the running, it’s too
early to determine something like that. However, there are teams that
are sitting much better than the rest of their division. The AL
Central is one of the toughest divisions in the American League. In
the last few years, the winner of the division has come down to one of
the final games in the regular season. I think this year it should be
a close race as well, but I think that the Twins will still shine about
the rest of the AL Central counterparts.
was happy that the Twins pulled off another series sweep. I wish it
would have been at the hands of a team like Boston or the Yankees
rather than the Rangers (I have a soft spot for them and really admire and respect a lot of their players).
I was somewhat nervous on Saturday when Carl Pavano was pitching. Most
games that Carl has pitched this season, he has seen little run
support. When Carl is starting, the Twins only have averaged 3.8 runs
in these games. This is the lowest for average of run support a
starting pitcher gets. Francisco Liriano has the next lowest,
averaging 3.9 runs per game he starts, Timmy (Scott Baker) 4.55, Kevin (Slowey)
5.5 runs, and Nick Blackburn gets the most with an average of 7 runs
every game he starts. I’m wondering if I should go see more games Carl
Pavano pitches, or a game Liriano pitches, since I’m 11-0 and have seen
Kevin 5 times, and Nick Blackburn 4 times. Maybe that’d help these
others do better.
This week the Twins are on West Coast time (7 game road trip to Seattle and Oakland). They started their 4-game series with Seattle last night (winning 5-4) and then onto Oakland for a 3-game series. Only one of these games is a day game (Sunday 3:10pm)
so be prepared to stay up until all hours of the night watching the
Twins win! I’m not sure how much of these games I’ll make it through
considering I fell asleep during last nights’ game, but I’m going to do
today! I prefer when they are at home vs. away. There is just
something about watching games at Target Field that is much more
enjoyable to the other stadiums. I wouldn’t mind if the Twins played
at Petco Park again (this is the only other ballpark I’ve been to besides the Metrodome and Target Field). Petco is a lot like Target Field and quite beautiful. Some day, I’ll make trips to other ballparks to see all for myself!
I’m going to wait for the rain to come in and enjoy some more baseball
tonight! Nick Blackburn faces Jason Vargas starting at 9:05pm (CST)!