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Red hot Twins go into Chicago and sweep the White Sox out of the playoff picture

Sep 17, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

Needing to sweep the Twins to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs the White Sox instead lost all three games in Chicago, ending the AL Central race.
With a nine-game lead in the division and a “magic number” of eight games the Twins could conceivably fail to win any of their final 16 games and still claim the AL Central crown if the White Sox go 8-8 or worse. In other words, it’s over.
Going into Chicago and taking all three games from a team clinging to their playoff lives continues the Twins’ recent dominance over the White Sox. They’ve won 11 of the last 13 matchups at U.S. Cellular Field and are 31-13 against the White Sox since the middle of 2008, including a 13-5 record head-to-head this season that all but accounts for the nine-game gap in the standings.
Twins-White Sox has become perhaps the most lopsided rivalry in baseball and some time next week Minnesota will claim its sixth AL Central title in nine seasons under Ron Gardenhire. Remarkably, since losing Justin Morneau and his 1.055 OPS just before the All-Star break the Twins are an MLB-best 43-19 and are now very much in the mix with the Rays and Yankees for homefield advantage.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Very impressive. I don’t usually think about anything that occurs that far north in the middle of the continent unless I want to speculate about whether or not there really is a plesiosaurus in Lake Winnipegosis, but this is the first time I’ve thought about Minneapolis since the last Louise Erdrich novel came out (I really do wish she would write one about Kirby Puckett sometime).
    The drawback is that if the Twins have somehow managed to punch Ozzie’s ticket out of Chicago, an “infatuated” Scrooge McLoria may pick him up hitchhiking down the Turnpike to Key West to find an abandoned truck tire with which he can paddle home. Worse, the White Sox may be willing to pick up most of the remaining salary under his contract to be rid of him.
    I’m going to hide my arepas just to be on the safe side….

  2. minnesconsin_ad - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    it’s going to be really interesting to see what happens to the sox in the immediate post-ozzie era. he’s such a part of the fabric of the team’s identity, I just can’t imagine them without him.

  3. vonsplats - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Hey Chicago did you sweep well haha had to say it

  4. Mrsteve - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Sadly there was a Punto sighting last game

  5. sand0 - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Sweep apnea is no laughing matter. You should be ashamed.

  6. Kelly - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Really – Gardy has shown no interest in actually USING him other than mop up injury prevention reasons. So I think we can all sort of chill on it.

  7. D-Luxxx - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    OMG! That must bump our Magic number up at least another 6 games then. The season is over! Crap!

  8. YoungAmerican - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    As a White Sox fan, I have to say my hat is off to the Twins. They had our number and consistently outplayed us all season. They’re a scary good team, and I hope they get a chance to play October baseball.

  9. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Twins-Reds or Twins-Feelies would make a great World Series, but let’s face it: it ain’t gonna reline the ratings meter. Other than that the lords of television and cable will be sticking pins in bobbleheads wearing any uniform that isn’t sunset or sunrise-side, it’ll be just us connoisseurs watching that series. That’s alright, though. Fine wine, a bowl of fresh pomegranate arils, Kobe beef tartare with rice crackers, some aged stilton and wholemeal baguettes and a bit of tawny port beats beer and popcorn anyway.

  10. Mrsteve - Sep 17, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Gardy will find a way to start a bunch of players that suck & get swept right out of the playoffs. 3 wins total in 4 playoff series since making it to the ALCS in 03.

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