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Twins sweep Tigers, increase lead to 3.5 games

May 5, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

Minnesota finished a three-game sweep of Detroit this afternoon and now leads the AL Central by 3.5 games.
Alex Avila took Jon Rauch deep in the ninth inning for the Tigers’ fourth homer of the day, cutting the Twins’ lead to 5-4, but the replacement closer retired the next three batters to convert his eighth save in nine chances filling in for Joe Nathan.
As they’ve done all season the Twins put runs on the board despite multiple failures with the bases loaded. Minnesota has 45 at-bats with the bases loaded to lead all of baseball, but the Twins have hit a putrid .156 with zero homers in those spots. And yet the Twins still rank third in the league in runs per game behind only the Rays and Yankees.
If their bases loaded luck ever evens out the Twins might be able to put the AL Central away by the All-Star break. Right now the Tigers are the only team in the division within seven games and the Twins are on a 110-win pace.

  1. Lee - May 5, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    And even with that great start, if the Twins were in the American League East, they would be in 3rd place. Yeesh.

  2. Mike - May 5, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    If the Twins were in the East the Yankees and Rays would have had to play the Twins by now. The Twins clearly would have taken 2 of 3 from both, thus, the Twins would be first in the East as well.

  3. Chris - May 5, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    @Mike
    I’ll agree to that. (My wife has predicted that the Twins will beat the Yankees exactly twice this year, after all.)

  4. union - May 5, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    They’re 19-9 (both the Rays and Yanks are also at 19 wins), I don’t think it matters what division they’re apart of. You just come off looking like a moron with statements like that.

  5. Son of Shane Mack - May 5, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    It’s always hard to predict how a team would fare in a different division. It’s possible that the Twins would be in 3rd place in the East, or that the Yankees would be in 3rd place in the central (more likely 1st or second). The reality with unbalanced schedules is that we don’t know.
    The Twins have played well on the road and at home. They’re pitching and hitting have struggled at times and it seems like they actually haven’t been playing as well as they could (firing on all cylinders so-to-speak). Yet they’ve won every series but one so far. That’s the mark of a good team, regardless of their division.
    Speculating on whether they’d be in whatever place in a different division is fun, but ultimately, we don’t know.
    As to whether they are better than another team, we’ll find out when they play each other during the season. At least that will answer it for that stretch of a couple games.

  6. sploorp - May 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Exactly! Thank you.

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