Twins Magic Number Is…

14 Sep

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Thanks to big hits by Joe Mauer (1,000th career hit and two more), Danny Valencia, JJ Hardy, Jason Kubel and Denard Span, the Twins beat the White Sox in Chicago 9-3. Francisco Liriano gave up three runs in six innings for the win. But in my mind, the MVP of this game is Jesse Crain… ALL ABOARD The Crain Train!! Striking out Alex Rios and Paul Konerko to end an inning and maintain a 4-3 lead. Wow! That was the key moment of the game. The Twins went on to expand the Twins lead, but that was the key moment.

And with the Win, the Twins have a seven game lead in the division, and the team’s Magic Number to clinch the AL Central Division title is…

   

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8 Responses to “Twins Magic Number Is…”

  1. Bill in Sarasota September 15, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    Crain is the best Twins reliever at this time and since he’s not the designated closer, he’s available to pitch at the most important junction of the game.

    This is one way to get around the mentality that your best relief pitcher has to close the game and usually start the inning.

  2. TT September 15, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Its a perfect example of how that debate plays out. Imagine, Gardy used his best reliever to preserve a six run win. How many times can you do that in a season before your “best” reliever is just your most over-worked reliever?

    I am not suggesting that the outcome would necessarily have been the same if the White Sox had scored 2 or 3 more runs. But the Twins offense ended up making Crain’s contribution a lot less critical to the outcome.

    The other thing to note, is the Capps trade. The depth of the Twins bullpen has made a huge difference for the last few weeks. The team failed to score for 20+ innings and still managed to win 2 of three from Cleveland. Liriano struggled through 6 innings managing to hold the Sox to three runs and the Twins bullpen shut them down the rest of the way even with Guerrier struggling in his outing.

  3. Robb September 15, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Seth,

    Crain’s K’s was the key moment. Except he fanned Konerko & Man-Ram, not Rios who was on first to load the bases.

    Go Twins!

  4. Seth September 15, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Come on TT, I know you like to play the contrarion on everything, but you have to admit that at the time, Crain’s strikeouts of Konerko and Manny were huge. I’m one to just sit back and enjoy the game, but even I was pumped up with those two strikeouts. That was huge, and in that atmosphere, it had to pump up the rest of the team too. There is no way to know what’s going to happen later in a game, so you can only judge by its importance at the time, and it was huge. Who knows? Maybe the Twins offense was so inspired by the strikeouts that it went out there and got five more runs because of that energy (no, I’m not big on that either… I’d say that the White Sox bad bullpen had more to do with it).

    Another suggestion, be sure to go to TwinsGeek.com today where he writes about The At Bat. Great blog!

  5. Joe E September 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    No photo of Cesar Tovar, the best #12 in Twins history??

  6. cmathewson September 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Small correction: Crain walked Rios (on a couple of questionable ball calls) before striking out Konerko and Ramirez.

  7. TT September 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    “Come on TT, I know you like to play the contrarion on everything, but you have to admit that at the time, Crain’s strikeouts of Konerko and Manny were huge”

    What does that have to do with anything? Sure, they were an exciting moment for fans, but the Twins won by 6 runs. Assuming everything else went the same it wouldn’t have mattered if one of them had hit a home run, the Twins still would have won the game.

    “There is no way to know what’s going to happen later in a game, so you can only judge by its importance at the time”

    Which is the problem with using your best reliever to get out of a jam early in the game isn’t it? You don’t know how critical the situation really is. As in this case, it may turn out not to be very important at all.

    “Maybe the Twins offense was so inspired by the strikeouts that it went out there and got five more runs because of that energy (no, I’m not big on that either… I’d say that the White Sox bad bullpen had more to do with it).”

    And maybe the White Sox bullpen would have pitched better with a three run lead. We actually don’t know what would have happened in an alternative universe. But if that situation had happened in the bottom of the ninth, we wouldn’t have to speculate, we would know the game was on the line.

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