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Never Say Never .. Again.

Posted on: August 26, 2009 1:28 pm
 
August 26th.

Bite my tongue. The Minnesota Twins have decided not to roll over. Sure the loss of Kevin Slowey and Francisco Liriano hurt, and with Nick Blackburn slumping, things looked bleak. But the 2009 Twins are all about offense, and this resurgence is credited to them. Carl Pavano has been a welcome addition, and certainly the pitching of Jose Mijares and Jesse Crain has been paramount. But Delmon Young's 2nd half improvement, contributions from the bottom of the order in Brendan Harris, Carlos Gomez, Nick Punto and Alexi Casilla, and steady offense from Denard Span, Orlando Cabrera, Michael Cuddyer and Joe Mauer have ignited a push that has us a mere 4 games out with many games remaining. If Jason Kubel and Justin Morneau provide anything like their first halfs, we will make an exciting run for the division title in 2009.

On the down side, Joe Crede appears to be the fragile player the White Sox let go. he can provide power, but we have had to turn to more Punto and Harris due to injuries. Our starting pitching is now relying on Brian Duensing and some rookie name Gabino? This will not do. Bobby Keppel has had to pitch a few long reliefs, and will be overworked by the season's end. Isn't there another Pavano type who can come aboard through waivers? Really anyone would be nice. If 2 starters were found who could pitch 5 innings and not give up 5 runs, we might be OK. Blackburn recently had a solid performance, and we are all hopeful he gets better. He was very good early this season. Scott Baker is pitching like the ace he is, but cannot do it alone.

So hope is anew, again. We are 63-63 and thinking the Tigers are catchable. With 36 games remaining, it would seem 23-13 would be the minimum effort need to surpass Detroit. That is nearly .700 baseball. Or maybe a complete collapse on the part of the Tigers. That is possible as well.

Go Twins.
Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2010 1:13 pm
 

Never Say Never .. Again.

Amazing is the word. Oh my too prophetic soul. Love it.



Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2009 11:22 am
 

Never Say Never .. Again.

That's awesome looking back at this. Twins playing .700 it is! 86 wins! Now just one more for the Division!



Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2009 3:12 pm
 

Never Say Never .. Again.

I don't think that .700 baseball is the minimum effort. The Tigers have played .500 in their last 10 games, so let's say they go 16-16 over the remaining 32 games, that puts them at 85 wins. The Twins would need to go 19-12 (they have 31 games left now) which is only a .613 percentage. Also, it's not likely, but if the Tigers went just under .500 and won 14 games, we could surpase them with 18 wins, which is only a .581 winning percentage.

Still it's a long shot. But as long as we have some hope going into late September, that's all I ask.


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