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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

On A Good Pace

Right 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.
I 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 would 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 my best!
Yup, that's Drew Butera popping his gum

Twins return home a week from 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!
Now, 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)!


Heidi said...

ok, 1. the picture of joe kind of makes me think that I could jump into the bullpen. However, I'm pretty sure that wouldn't be a good idea. I'd probably hurt myself and look silly and be escorted out by security, and it really wouldn't be the best first impression to make.
2. you have an open invitation to come to any games in chicago with me as long as I'm in that neck of the woods. I have yet to go to Wrigley, but US Cellular isn't so bad, as long as you can overlook that it is infested with evil ugly white sox and their fans and some of them can be a little mean sometimes.

Betsy said...

Heidi - I was worried my camera would take a trip into the bullpen! lol...I had to be very careful holding that over the railing to get the picture.
I appreciate the offer! When planets align and seem to work out for me to make a road trip there, I will let you know! :)

Mn Twins Ticketsht said...

Awesome work as always, give my love to your team!