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.500, is that it for the AL Central?

Posted on: August 2, 2009 9:40 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 10:57 pm

No Big Moves For The Home Team.

By: Christopher R Torola

The Minnesota Twins are at 52 - 52, 2 1/2 games out of first place. Behind both the Tigers and the White Sox. It looks like a 3 horse race until the end, but most likely one of the teams will drop out of the race before the end. So the question is, Who will join the Royals and the Indians as spectators during the pennant race and play-offs?

The Twins have the easiest remaining schedule, but they did the least of the 3 prior to the trading deadline. They eeked out a trade for Orlando Cabrera, seemingly to appease Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, and Joe Nathan more than trying to win come play-off time. They need more than anything another starting pitcher. Having lost Kevin Slowey for the season and an uncertainty with Fransisco Liriano's forearm, the Twins will be in even greater need of rotation help as the year goes on. They were also in need of a a 7th-8th inning guy to go with Matt Guerrier and Jose Mijares, but failed to do so before the trading deadline passed.

The Tigers and the White Sox both faired better in the battle of the trades. The White Sox got both Mark Kotsay and ACE Jake Peavy to bolster their rosters. The Tigers acquired Jarrod Washburn to round out their rotation. They also have a lot more home games left than the Twins.

I still have faith that the Twins will rally to win the division, but with questionable pitching they will most likely be out quickly come the post season when they have to face off with a team like the Red Sox, who picked up 5 players including Casey Kotchman and Victor Martinez.


Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2009 2:19 pm

.500, is that it for the AL Central?

Although Orlando Cabrera is a good SS, he is not what the Twins needed at all. Your exactly right in saying that the Twins should have gotten some pitching help. As you saw against the Angels, it was pretty horrible to watch. They can't depend on the bullpen to come into the games during the 4th and 5th inning every night. You can't win ballgames with no decent starting pitchers. The fact that they didn't even consider getting any pitchers pretty much sealed there fate in the division as far as I'm concerned. Even if they do win the division by some miracle, they won't get far into the playoffs at all. It sucks to be a Twins fan and see the same things happen every year. We get a couple great players on the team and they dont build around them at all. They just wait for there contract to be up and say sayanara! Mauer, Morneau, and Nathan will not be in a Twins uniform much longer unless they can build around these guys! Alright I'm done venting now.

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