Call me stupid, call me crazy; call me whatever you'd like, I'm not giving up on my Minnesota Twins. In the past three games the starters have failed to get past the fifth inning. After starting the roadtrip 2-0, the Twins have lost 6 of their past 7 games. With all of this in hand, the surprising team still finds themselves just 2.5 games back in the American League Central.
It's been a lot of fun to watch the Twins for the first five months of the season. I say five because this past month of September has been rather depressing. The Twins are thus far 6-11 on the month with seven games left to play. They've blown leads, and missed several opportunities to gain games and take the divisional lead. With all of this, as I've mentioned, the team is still just 2.5 games back in the American League Central.
As tough as it's been for fans in Twins Territory, and for the team itself, it has likely been just as hard for the fans and team on the south-side of Chicago. They've watched the Twins struggle night after night, and have still not been able to capitalize and pull away.
The easy thing to do would be to give up and look ahead to 2009 when the youngsters will have another year under their belt, Neshek will be back to bolster the bullpen and the front office will have hopefully continued to upgrade the infield.
That won't happen, at least not until the math says the Twins are officially done. If the Twins can move within 1.5 games of the White Sox tomorrow, I'll feel very confident in the team moving into the final six regular season games at the Metrodome. Two wins in the three-game set with Chicago (if they are 1.5 back) would put the Twins within a half game. A sweep would put them ahead by a half game.
Baseball is a crazy game, and anything could happen in the final weeks of our thus far crazy season. It might sound like fun to look ahead to 2009 and what should be an even better and exciting season, but lets wait until after October.
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