Monday Thread: Playoffs Tonight

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the New York Yankees on during Game One of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on September 30, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

There's not much for Twins news to report, I'm afraid; Ben Revere, Justin Morneau, and Nick Blackburn are presumably continuing to recuperate from their respective surgeries, and one imagines that Ron Gardenhire's epic five-day bender is probably coming to a close.

I'd like to say that I have something funny or insightful for you today, but it's probably time that we all switch off for awhile. There's certainly plenty of anger among those of us who write about the Twins. Even now, I'm sure there's someone banging a wooden spoon against a figurative electronic kettle, rattling it about to make as much electronic noise as possible. They're on Twitter, I expect, bashing Gardenhire. Or they're posting some screed against Bill Smith. They want him fired, or Gardy fired, or both. There are those who want Joe Mauer traded, or Morneau released. You won't have to go far.

But friends, it's a long, long time until February, when pitchers and catchers report again. I've got a dozen and a half Mondays until then. There's eight Mondays until the winter meetings begin in Dallas, nine until the non-tender deadline. The remaking of this team won't happen this week, and it won't happen for awhile, and I'm afraid I don't see the point of wittering on endlessly in anger. It won't bring back 2011, and there's plenty of time for us to forget and get ready for 2012. If you're looking for me to castigate and shame those responsible - it's over. It's done with. Let's forget about it. For awhile, at least.

There's baseball on tonight, though. We can all watch.

Yankees at Tigers (Series Tied 1-1): 7:37 PM, TBS

It's C.C. Sabathia vs. Justin Verlander, and that oughta be good. They tried last Thursday night and it got rained out after an inning and a half, so they're both going to go after it again tonight. Detroit stole the home-field advantage with a 5-3 Sunday win, but now comes the hard part - actually closing out the Yankees.

Rangers at Rays (Series Tied 1-1): 4:07 PM, TBS

Colby Lewis starts for Texas, David Price for Tampa Bay. And the Rays are involved, so there's no telling what's going to happen. I presume Evan Longoria will hit eleven home runs and the game will end up 27-25 in fourteen innings, or something like that.

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