Given the 'doomsday' tone of my last post, I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised (read: ecstatic) to be writing about a Twins sweep of the Rangers over this past weekend. Matt Fox gave the Twins a solid start in his MLB debut, Pavano gave the Twins the kind of performance we've come to expect from him this year and Nick Blackburn continued his solid return to the rotation with 7 innings of 2-run ball. The bullpen showed signs of their recent overuse, but the Twins emerged from the weekend with a 3-game sweep of the 1st place Texas Rangers which was key considering the White Sox also swept their weekend road series with the Red Sox.
I'll keep it short because eh, it's Labor Day weekend and I don't feel like going into too much 'in-depth analysis' but what could have easily been disaster was averted and the Twins organization continued to showcase it's depth, beating a good team with some gutsy pitching performances and some unlikely, yet heroic, performances (Matt Tolbert, I'm looking at you).
The Twins now open a 3-game set with the Kansas City Royals which they should not take lightly, the Royals always seem to be a pest come this time of year, tripping up contending AL Central teams when they least expect it. The pitching match-ups are as follows:
Monday (2:10 ET start)
Sean O'Sullivan (5.50/1.30) vs. Kevin Slowey (4.39/1.27)
Tuesday (8:10 ET start)
Brian Bannister (5.95/1.58) vs. Francisco Liriano (3.27/1.25)
Wednesday (8:10 ET start)
Zack Greinke (3.87/1.22) vs. Brian Duensing (2.09/1.10)
A much needed day off.