Yikes

Did you see what I did there?

“The simple fact is, that if the Twins don’t win more than three of the
four games upcoming at Comerica Park between Monday and Thursday, they
can pretty much kiss their play-off hopes goodbye.”

Of course, I was utterly wrong as usual. Instead, with just a single game to go tomorrow the Twins and the Tigers are tied in the AL Central. If one team wins and the other loses, it’s game over for the team that goes down. If both win or both lose, we’ll be, ahem, “enjoying” yet another game #163 at the Metrodome on Tuesday.

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photo: AP/Yahoo!

I’m stunned the season has ended like this. I admit I was guilty of writing off the Twins a couple of weeks ago, and you’d be hard pressed to find any fans out there who were still optimistic. Sure, we all knew mathematically that Minnesota could still reach the play-offs, but also, a few days ago, after splitting that four game series with Detroit, the Twins’ chances of reaching the post-season had dwindled to about 7% or something absurdly low.

Instead, somehow, the Twins staved off a valiant Kansas City fightback on Friday night (squandering a ten run lead as usual). Then, on Saturday, Minnesota managed the impossible by scoring four runs off Zack Greinke, and seemed to be coasting, but the bullpen once again screwed up Nick Blackburn’s incredible pitching effort as the Royals tied it up at 4-4 before “Mr September” Michael Cuddyer (.342 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 19 games at first base since taking over there from injured Justin Morneau) hit his 31st home run of the year and Joe Nathan closed out the Royals again.

Meanwhile, the Tigers have been floundering against the White Sox who are “playing loose” with no pressure on them, and have already taken two out of three at Comerica Park. An epic choke for sure, but tomorrow could be a different matter for Detroit with Justin Verlander on the mound for them.

The Twins will bring back Carl Pavano on three-days rest to pitch against Luke Hochevar. It’s going to be a crazy final game at the Metrodome, how ever things pan out for the Twins, and it’s been a thoroughly exciting way to end the season.

Of course it’ll be saddening if the Twins don’t make it, but unlike last year, where they squandered their lead and could have clinched things sooner, this time they’ve been battling all the way from behind, and it’s been a fantastic effort regardless of the outcome tomorrow.

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4 comments

  1. zelic

    sucks that their playing in Minnesota sports biggest home team advantage shows yet another advantage by the team who wins the season series if there is a tie the game is played there. can not wait till the twins play real baseball every day instead of having the luxury of others teams misfortunes of pop ups being lost in the ceiling and infielders not used to how fast the turf plays when balls are hit on the ground. That will be the day…

  2. jenny5880

    Had to laugh…I was, sadly, one of those “still optimistic” fans watching my Twins. I know how the other central division teams can choke at the end of the season, and how the Twins know how to scrap together a winning game.
    And Zelic…go read my blog on teams and fans who whine about the Metrodome. The Metrodome’s been around for 28 years…the players (especially those who’ve played for many years) are well aware of the Dome and how to play in it. Whining about it is just a sign they can’t beat the Twins, so they blame the Dome. Boo hoo. Can’t wait to see that excuse go away…then what will the losing teams have to whine about?
    http://jenny5880.mlblogs.com/

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