Twins time to bring it on (all or nothing)
Can Solange pitch?
Despite failing to complete a sweep of the O's on Wednesday, the Twins Tuesday victory gave the boys their first five-game win streak of the season, saving them the embarrassment of potentially becoming just the sixth Twins club in their nearly 50-year history to not string together five straight. A Wednesday capper would no doubt have been a sweet cherry placed atop the streak as both Detroit and Chicago fell. Like the Twins, Detroit was idle Thursday; Chicago beat Boston 9-5 to snap a four-game losing streak.
Entering tonight's three game set with Texas, the Twins -- despite being a game under. 500 -- are still very much in the Central hunt with 35 games left to play. A modest 4 ½ games separate the Twins from the division-leading Tigers, against whom we still play seven games before the season is out.
While "polar" is oft-attached to our Bread Basket for meteorological purposes, the '09 Twins are adding a summer definition to the forecast. August serves as an apt example.
But the club's starting pitching has been about as dependable as Lindsay Lohan working as Secretary of Agriculture for the Columbian government. The Twins' staff ERA stands at 5.07 for the season, bad for 12th in the A.L.
Sad - Armando Gabino (one MLB start) and Brian Duensing (one MLB win) really aren't the names you want to see on your scorecard come a Pennant race. Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins are (perhaps mercifully) banged up and have left few supporters praying for their return to the rotation. Carl Pavano has hurled some respectable innings in his brief Twins tenure, but he's still sporting a 5.20 ERA and a
Scheduling remains a major positive for the boys: Wild Card-wishing Texas is no pushover, although we'd rather be playing them than facing either the Rays or Yankees, clubs awaiting Detroit and the Chi Sox this weekend, respectively. Next week, the slumping, second place White Sox will be here for three; post the great gravity of that series, the Twins get four consecutive series against sub-.500 teams in the forms of: Cleveland, Toronto, Oakland and then Cleveland again.
For some, that first NFL Sunday can't come soon enough. But if the Twins can get any kind of consistent starting pitching over the next six weeks, the Dome may not have seen the last of postseason baseball.