It was an early morning for the Twins and Tigers as the two teams met up at Comerica Park for a morning matchup. After some good pitching by both starters and some late scoring, the Minnesota Twins moved within a game of Detroit with a 3-2 victory in ten innings.
- The Twins were able to split the doubleheader while facing the two best pitchers they will face this series. Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander are the best the Twins will face this series, and the Twins managed to score four runs against Verlander, a top-five pitcher in the league.
- The next two games will feature the team’s best two pitchers: Scott Baker and Carl Pavano. Baker has been a solid pitcher since June, and Pavano is 4-0 against Detroit this season.
- Eddie Bonnie and Nate Robertson aren’t pushovers, but they aren’t nearly what Verlander and Procello are. Bonine is coming off a solid outing against the White Sox and Robertson handled the Twins last weekend, but it’s better than Verlander, Porcello or Jackson in such huge games.
For nearly six months now and a total of 155 games, the Minnesota Twins have managed to keep themselves in the thick of the American League Central. A recent hot streak in the past week or two has propelled the club to an 81-74 record with one week remaining in the regular season.
After putting up impressive numbers in the first portion of the season, former MVP award winner Justin Morneau set himself up for a career year. Poor performances in the months of August and September saw his average drop and his projections go with. Now however, there might be an explanation.
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For more than a week, the Minnesota Twins worked at cutting down Detroit’s division lead. With series victories and key losses by Detroit, the Twins managed to work themselves into second place and within 3.5 games of the Tigers with one month remaining.
Through the first two months of the season, Scott Baker’s performances only led to questions about his newly signed 4-year, $15.25 million contract inked in the off-season. Three months later, the pitcher that earned the deal with a tremendous 2008 season is beginning to reappear.
Through 54 home games, the Minnesota Twins were averaging 29,212 fans per game, about 3,500 more fans per game than last season at the same point. Over the past month, and a total of 15 games, the team’s pace to break last season’s attendance mark has dipped.
In a year in which the Minnesota Twins will play their final games in the Metrodome, it’s hard not to often think back about the games you attended, the moments you watched, and the feats that were accomplished under the roof and on the turf.
The Minnesota Twins will never again play the Chicago White Sox in the Metrodome. After dominating the team from the South Side of Chicago in recent years under the roof, the two sides will never again face†each other†indoors after they finished up their final scheduled series in Minneapolis for the 2009 season.