10/1 Game Thread: Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins

The Twins have somehow managed to screw up the first two games of the series, but still have a shot at the division and homefield advantage in the opening round of the postseason.  With Carlos Silva on the mound on four days rest, can the Twins finally put together the complete package for a win?  Chicago:  90-71.  Minnesota:  95-66.

Lineups
Chicago White Sox
Name        POS  AB  AVG  HR  RBI  OBP  SLG  VORP
Sweeney      RF  30 .233   0    5 .233 .233  -2.8
Ozuna        2B 185 .324   2   17 .362 .443   6.1
Gload        1B 152 .329   3   17 .356 .467   9.2
Thome        DH 487 .290  42  109 .417 .602  64.5
Fields       3B  16 .125   1    2 .333 .375  -0.3
Pierzynski   C  507 .296  16   64 .333 .438  19.0
Cintron      SS 184 .285   5   41 .311 .391   4.9
Mackowiak    LF 252 .286   5   23 .359 .397   8.7
Anderson     CF 361 .227   8   33 .293 .363  -9.8

Minnesota Twins
Name        POS  AB  AVG  HR  RBI  OBP  SLG  VORP
Castillo     2B 580 .295   3   49 .356 .369  20.2
Punto        3B 455 .292   1   45 .355 .376  10.7
Mauer        DH 517 .346  13   84 .429 .505  65.4
Cuddyer      RF 554 .282  24  108 .360 .504  34.9
Morneau      1B 588 .321  34  129 .376 .560  51.6
Hunter       CF 553 .278  30   96 .336 .486  31.6
White        LF 334 .246   7   38 .276 .365 -13.0
Redmond      C  175 .349   0   23 .373 .423  10.6
Bartlett     SS 329 .307   2   31 .365 .392  15.4

Pitchers
Name       IP   W  L   ERA  WHIP   K/9  AVG  VORP
Vazquez 198.0  11 11  4.77  1.28  8.05 .256  22.9
Silva   175.0  10 15  6.07  1.55  3.45 .327 -10.2

Carlos Silva has been feast or famine recently, as over his September starts he's posted the following numbers:

Date   IP   R
9-1   4.0   6
9-6   6.0   0
9-11  7.0   1
9-16  7.0   1
9-22  5.2   5
9-27  4.0   5

Chicago's starter, Javier Vazquez, has had issues with the Twins this season.  In four starts he's 0-3, seeming to lose his grip on the game as it progresses.  On May 5, he squandered a 4-0 lead in the fifth and sixth innings.  On July 24, he squandered a 2-0 lead as he allowed 3 runs in the sixth and another 2 in the seventh before being lifted without recording an out.  On August 20, his team had given him a 1-0 lead in the top of the third before he lost control in the bottom half of the inning, surrending 4 runs through seven en route to another loss.  Finally, on August 25, he had a 3-0 lead going into the top of the sixth.  He proceeded to lose it again, being lifted after allowing just two runs, but the avalanche had begun.  The Twins scored 4 that inning, and took the game.

We need this one for a shot at the division.  GO TWINS.

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