[picappgallerysingle id="9443711"]With their 9-3 win last night against the Chicago White Sox at the Cell, the Minnesota Twins have extended their AL Central lead to seven games over the White Sox. Last night’s win wasn’t a surprise for me; I knew the Twins had the White Sox handled. And I believe that the Twins will win again tonight.
It’s the Buerhle-Pavano series ender that I’m worried about. That pitching match-up resulted in an 11-0 loss for the Twins the last time around. But more about that tomorrow.
Last night’s win was huge for the Twins; a seven-game cushion is a nice cushion to have. And I think that cushion will be eight games at this time tomorrow. Tonight, Brian Duensing will take the mound for the Twins, and the disastrous Gavin Floyd will pitch for the White Sox.
Floyd is 0-3 against the Twins this season, and didn’t play well in his last start (it was against the Detroit Tigers). The Twins offense should be able to capitalize on Floyd’s inconsistency – especially Joe Mauer, who is 5 for 8 against Floyd this season and had a terrific game against the White Sox last night.
Brian Duensing, on the other hand, has been terrific for the Twins’ starting rotation since he joined it in July. The south paw is 8-2 for the Twins, with a 2.02 ERA. In his last start (against the Royals), Duensing threw eight innings, giving up only one run and striking out seven.
As far as I’m concerned, the Twins just look better and better all the time. I fully expect the Twins to take two out of three from the White Sox this series (I expect the loss to come in the Buerhle-Pavano game on Thursday), and there’s no reason why the Twins wouldn’t win the AL Central division this season.
It’s a good time to be a Minnesota Twins fan. Feel bad for those Chicago White Sox fans, though.