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SWEEP!! SWEEP!! SWEEP!!

Really I shouldn't be so excited, because we haven't won anything yet.  But the fact that this team was in SUCH a deep hole, and has played unbelievable baseball that has brought them back into a playoff picture that seemed years away just 7 weeks ago...

This post is going to be primarily numbers, because only the numbers can show you exactly how good the Twins have been recently.  This is all just insane.

AL Central, June 7
Team           W    L    GB    WC
Detroit       37   22    --     X
Chicago       36   22   0.5    --
Cleveland     29   29   7.5   7.0
Minnesota     25   33  11.5  11.0
Kansas City   14   43  22.0  21.5

AL Central, July 27
Team           W    L    GB    WC
Detroit       68   33    --     X
Chicago       59   41   8.5   0.5
Minnesota     59   41   8.5   0.5
Cleveland     44   56  23.5  15.0
Kansas City   35   65  32.5  23.5

Since June 8
Team           W    L   PCT
Minnesota     34    8  .810
Detroit       31   11  .738
Chicago       23   19  .548
Kansas City   21   22  .488
Cleveland     15   27  .357

While this is a LONG TIME to make up three games on the Tigers, especially when considering how well we've played, we've also made up three games on the Tigers in the last 10 games.  That's a much better way to look at it, yes?

Series Scorecards

Name       AB  H  R  TB RBI BB SO  Avg  Obp   Slg
Castillo   14  3  1   5   0  1  2 .214 .267  .357
Punto      12  4  3   4   2  2  2 .333 .429  .333
Mauer       8  1  1   4   4  0  1 .125 .125  .500
Cuddyer    12  3  2   9   4  2  4 .250 .357  .750
Morneau    14  6  2  13   4  0  0 .429 .429  .929
Kubel       8  1  1   4   1  0  2 .125 .125  .500
White      13  2  1   2   0  0  2 .154 .154  .154
Tyner      12  5  2   6   0  1  2 .417 .462  .500
Bartlett   12  8  3  13   3  0  0 .667 .667 1.083
Redmond     5  1  1   2   0  0  0 .200 .200  .400
Rabe        5  3  1   3   0  0  1 .600 .600  .600
Totals    115 37 18  65  18  6 16 .322 .355  .565

           AB  H  R  TB RBI BB SO  Avg  Obp   Slg
Podsednik   8  1  0   2   0  0  2 .125 .125  .250
Iguchi      8  3  0   3   0  0  0 .375 .375  .375
Thome      12  2  1   5   1  0  1 .167 .167  .417
Konerko    11  3  2   6   1  1  6 .273 .333  .545
Dye         7  3  2   6   2  1  2 .429 .500  .857
Crede      12  3  1   6   3  0  1 .250 .250  .500
Pierzynski  9  3  1   4   0  0  0 .333 .333  .444
Uribe      11  4  2   8   1  0  2 .364 .364  .727
Anderson    8  2  1   6   2  0  2 .250 .250  .750
Gload       4  0  0   0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000
Ozuna       3  1  0   2   0  0  1 .333 .333  .667
Mackowiak   4  1  1   4   1  0  1 .250 .250 1.000
Cintron     5  1  0   1   0  0  0 .200 .200  .200
Alomar Jr.  3  0  0   0   0  0  0 .000 .000  .000
Totals    105 27 11  53  11  2 18 .257 .271  .505

The beauty of this series was that none of the games were run-away victories.  Both teams matched up very well, but Minnesota's pitching was able to suppress the Chicago offense just enough; Chicago pitching was all too hittable for a Minnesota offense that has been on fire.  There wasn't time for either team to sit back and enjoy a couple of low-pressure innings.  The Twins met their largest challenge of the season with three tough-fought, well-earned victories.  Having three duels doesn't allow for any undeserved confidence or questions as to the quality of the opponent.  The Twins beat a good team, and they deserved their day of celebration.

Quite frankly I'm elated at the Twins' recent perfromance.  As much as I'd like to go off on how great we are, and I have every reason to right now, the fact is that later today we welcome a team better than us into the Metrodome.  All the wins since June 8, all the series victories, all the spectacular plays have to be forgotten.  A new battle awaits, and the 2006 campaign is far from over.  I'm not trying to be a buzz-kill, but I'm much more comfortable taking this streak of success with as much moderation as possible.

Here's toasting to continued success.