Monday, August 16, 2010

The Minnesota Twins Have the Central Division Locked Up

July 28, 2010: Starting pitcher Brian Duensing  of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Twins won 6-4.
With a three game lead over the White Sox, the Minnesota Twins have all but locked up the Central Division championship. I'll grant you that there is a lot of baseball yet to be played, and that with 6 games remaining head-to-head with the Southsiders that anything can happen. But consider the following:

  • The Twins play 25 of their final games at home at friendly Target Field. The Whities 22.
  • The Twins' schedule is very kind, while the Sox face 10 games with either the Boston Red Sox, or the Yankees.
  • The Twins, sporting the best record since the All-Star break, have done al of this without former MVP Justin Morneau. When he returns, even it if is late September and even if he's not his former self, he will change games.
  • The Twins have a hot Brian Duensing added to the rotation to pour gas all over their fire. He looks like the real deal.
I could be wrong about all of this, but the way it stacks up, it sure looks like a waltz for the Twins. Let's hope they take care of business early, have their celebration, and then prepare appropriately for the coming playoffs.

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