Who is the Minnesota Twins Postseason Closer?

The Minnesota Twins starting rotation has had a very successful season. They’re the primary reason the team has qualified for the playoffs and hope to solidify home field advantage during this final week of the season.  Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker, Brian Duensing, Kevin Slowey, Carl Pavano, and Nick Blackburn have all achieved at least ten wins this season. This demonstrates incredible balance and consistency that is rarely seen around the big leagues.

Pavano is the clear leader in innings pitched and in the win column, but he is not an ace in the same sphere as a C.C. Sabathia or David Price. This could prove to be a concern in a short first round playoff series. Fans may recall the impact that Sabathia had when the Brewers used him continuously in their postseason run a few years ago.

By Patrick Herbert

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Five Things That Would Streamline Minnesota Twins Games

2010 Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins play an exciting brand of baseball that emphasizes hustle and fundamentals. There are, however, some changes to the game that could make fans even more excited to see a Joe Mauer plate appearance or Orlando Hudson turning a double play with an efficiency that is rarely matched.

By Patrick Herbert

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Ozzie Guillen steps up to handle Pennant Race Pressure

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Ozzie Guillen is not afraid to put the worst case scenario out there. The manager of the Chicago White Sox is well aware of the high quality baseball his team was playing heading into the All Star Break, but also remains astutely aware of how quickly things can turn from good to bad (or in the case of the White Sox, bad to good to bad again).

“We’ve got 70 or so games to go and we might lose all of those games. You never know,” Guillen said prior to their first post All-Star Break game with the AL Central Division rival Minnesota Twins. “But I know we’re gonna play hard, we’re gonna play baseball, and regardless of what happens, I can win with them.”

By Peter Christian

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Jim Thome Wins AL Player of the Week

Jim Thome

The man that has hit more home runs against the Minnesota Twins than any player in the history of baseball is making Twins fans forget all 57 jacks he clubbed against his current team. [Read more…]

Twins Draft Pick, Ohio St. Hurler named National Pitcher of the Year

Alex Wimmers

Alex Wimmers has been chosen as the best pitcher in college baseball for the 2010 season. Ohio State’s junior All-American, who fashioned a 9-0 record and a 1.61 earned run average this season, was named by the College Baseball Foundation (CBF) as its National Pitcher of the Year Friday in Lubbock, Texas.

Career-wise Wimmers, who was drafted in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins, ranks among Ohio State’s all-time Top 5 in four key statistical areas and he is sixth in another. He is fourth at Ohio State in fewest runs allowed (81) and he is fifth in strikeouts (273), fewest earned runs allowed (71) and fewest hits (173). He is also sixth in earned run average (2.94). His 18 career victories rank 23rd. His strikeout total is also good for a tie for 16th-place all-time in the Big Ten Conference.

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True White Sox fans NEED to hate the Twins, not the Cubs

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As the second of the Chicago intra-city series commences this weekend, you’ll hear a lot of vitriol for the Cubs from White Sox fans. And that is very misguided. A $146 million team that is hopelessly under .500 and nowhere near the NL Central race is not to be feared, or hated. They’re to be laughed at and pitied. Just be thankful your team doesn’t insult your intelligence by charging $70 a seat for the worst views in the entire stadium.

No, my Sox Nation friends, there is a legitimate threat, and it’s located much further north.

By Paul M. Banks

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Minnesota Twins Lack Killer Instinct

Win two, lose one. On paper, that method of baseball seems pretty successful. A winning percentage of .667, winning every series and a very solid way to earn a post-season berth. The Minnesota Twins have done nearly exactly that through 69 games, yet the Twins don’t exactly feel like a team that can make any noise come October.

By Peter Christian

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2010 Minnesota Twins Season Preview

By Mike Gallagher

What an offseason.

Orlando Hudson, Jim Thome, and the best field in Major League Baseball have all arrived in the Twin Cities.   [Read more…]

Joe Nathan Injury Hurts, Doesn’t Cripple Twins

By Mike Gallagher

246 saves, a 22-12 record, and an ERA under 2.00.  An impressive resume over the last six years for Twins closer Joe Nathan, who is widely considered the second best closer over that span in Major League Baseball.

Obviously, with such gaudy stats and being such an unquestionable rock at the end of the bullpen, it would be ridiculous to say the Twins won’t miss Joe Nathan.  In a bullpen that was shaky in a lot of other areas over the last two years, Nathan was the only sure thing after Ron Gardenhire made his first trip to the mound in a game.

It hurts, yes, but it’s equally ridiculous to believe that this injury is one that decimates the Twins and puts them in a spot that could end up costing them the division.
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