How is it possible... Twins 1 game back and still have 3 more at Detroit?
By: Christopher Torola
It is now the end of the year and the team holds their playoff destiny in their own hands. This has been a resilient team and is playing well, winning 8 of the last 10 games in spite of being without Justin Morneau. There are now just 6 games left to play, 3 at Detriot and 3 at home against the Royals.
Right now the only games that matter are the next 3 against the Tigers. If the Twins win two of them, they will be tied with 3 games to play. If they lose two of them they will be 2 games back with 3 games to play. If they lose all 3 they are not eliminated, but would need to win all 3 remaining games and have Detroit lose their remaining games just to force a one game playoff. Finally, if they manage to sweep the Tigers on the road, they will be 2 games up with only 3 to go.
In my humble opinion the Twins need to win 5 of the last 6 games, and tonight's may be the hardest to get. It will be Twins rookie Brain Duensing, who is 4-0 over his last six starts, facing Tigers' Ace, Justin Verlander. The Twins have beat Verlander twice during the last two months, including once at Detroit. Joe Mauer has decided to catch the 2nd game of the double header allowing the Twins to keep his bat in the line up without using the DH spot. This is good because it means the Twinks will get to have Jason Kubel's left handed bat in the line up over that of righties Mike Redmond or Jose Morales.
The Twins and their never-give-up attitude will continue to be on display after winning the opening game of the double header in extra innings. Look for the boys from Minnesota to slip past the Tigers to represent the American League Central in the post season.