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Twins are back, and crow tastes better with ketchup
September 24, 2009 - Per Peterson
I’ll admit it. I’ve spent a good part of the summer bashing the Twins because of their mediocrity. Bashing is allowed when you carry a bandwagoniers license. Heck, it’s even encouraged. But allow me to request some ketchup with my crow and a nice Merlot to wash it down. I won’t apologize for some of the things I’ve written about this club and their manager, but I will admit they have proven me wrong by winning nine of their last 10 and staying with the Tigers in the AL Central. The team is actually playing better and scoring more runs sans their All-Star, power-hitting first baseman, which is a true testament to their skipper. Players like Michael Cuddyer, Nick Punto, Brian Duensing and Brendan Harris have stepped up their play in the most crucial time of the season, knowing, because of injuries, they had to, to complement Joe Mauer, Orlando Cabrera and the bullpen, which has been world’s better in September than it was in late July and early August. The offense, usually the most offensive part of this team, scored 23 runs in the three-game sweep over the White Sox this week and didn't need five hits a game from Mauer to do it. Of course, none of what they have done in September will matter if they lose the Kansas City series. The Twins can probably afford to drop one of the three games, but not two — the Tigers are playing just about as well as they are. Hopefully, by the time these two average teams meet next week the margin between them will be the same, if not less, than the 2 1/2 games it is now. Who knows, by the time that series starts, the Twins might find themselves in first place. It’s a long shot, but so were the Twins three weeks ago. Whoever makes it out of this division is in for a bloodbath against the Yankees, but despite the potential embarrassment they would face going up against New York, I’d still like to see the Twins make it that far and play a couple more playoff games in the Metrodome.
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