Twins 6, Diamondbacks 1

June 22, 2008

The Twins have now put up six-run innings in three of their last four games and are within 2.5 games of the White Sox in the division having won a season-high tying five straight and seven of their last eight. Enjoy it while it lasts, Minnesota fans, but I wouldn’t expect this to keep up much longer.

Look at it this way, everything that could go right has been going right for the Twins in the last week and a half or so. The starting pitching is lights out, the bullpen has done its job, and the offense has been sparked by guys like Matt Macri, Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris. I’m certainly not implying these guys don’t have talent, but right now the Twins are getting wins thanks to young and relativiely inexperienced players. Consider this last week a sneak preview of what should be expected in the next couple years as the team develops, assuming it remains relatively intact and healthy.

At some point the rollercoaster will head back down, with either the pitching or offense – or both – scuffling and leading to some losses.

Minnesota can still contend for this mediocre division, but I won’t take a run at a AL Central crown seriously unless the squad is within three or four games of first going into the final month of the season. Then all bets are off because the Twins could just as easily go on a run like they are on now or a slump like the one they were on in Chicago a couple weeks ago.

The National Post didn’t put the second run of my story out for some reason (it must have really sucked), but here’s the first go-round…


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