Bite my tongue. The Minnesota Twins have decided not to roll over. Sure the loss of Kevin Slowey and Francisco Liriano hurt, and with Nick Blackburn slumping, things looked bleak. But the 2009 Twins are all about offense, and this resurgence is credited to them. Carl Pavano has been a welcome addition, and certainly the pitching of Jose Mijares and Jesse Crain has been paramount. But Delmon Young's 2nd half improvement, contributions from the bottom of the order in Brendan Harris, Carlos Gomez, Nick Punto and Alexi Casilla, and steady offense from Denard Span, Orlando Cabrera, Michael Cuddyer and Joe Mauer have ignited a push that has us a mere 4 games out with many games remaining. If Jason Kubel and Justin Morneau provide anything like their first halfs, we will make an exciting run for the division title in 2009.
On the down side, Joe Crede appears to be the fragile player the White Sox let go. he can provide power, but we have had to turn to more Punto and Harris due to injuries. Our starting pitching is now relying on Brian Duensing and some rookie name Gabino? This will not do. Bobby Keppel has had to pitch a few long reliefs, and will be overworked by the season's end. Isn't there another Pavano type who can come aboard through waivers? Really anyone would be nice. If 2 starters were found who could pitch 5 innings and not give up 5 runs, we might be OK. Blackburn recently had a solid performance, and we are all hopeful he gets better. He was very good early this season. Scott Baker is pitching like the ace he is, but cannot do it alone.
So hope is anew, again. We are 63-63 and thinking the Tigers are catchable. With 36 games remaining, it would seem 23-13 would be the minimum effort need to surpass Detroit. That is nearly .700 baseball. Or maybe a complete collapse on the part of the Tigers. That is possible as well.