43-35: What a Difference a Series Win Against the Second-Place Team in the Division Makes

Tigers @ Twins - Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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The Twins are now in first place by a game and a half after taking 2 of 3 from the Detroit squadron. And now that it’s July, hopefully the bandwagon Twins fans will turn their attention to football, and leave the rest of us to just enjoy our team and the rest of the season in peace. Seriously, people, baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. Even the very best team in the sport will lose at least 50 games. The Twins will probably lose 75 and still win the division.

Best hitter: Justin Morneau, .203 WPA. The Mountie hit the longest home run at Target Field thus far, a 441-ft moon shot off of Andy Oliver in the sixth.

Worst hitter: Jim Thome, -.118 WPA. I love Jimmers, but he probably shouldn’t start against left-handed pitching.

Best pitcher: Kevin Slowey, .241 WPA. Slowey surrendered just one run on four hits in six innings, while striking out four and walking just one. He was rolling along until the boss jinxed him*, now he’s day-to-day with an ankle contusion after being struck with a line-drive off the bat of Magglio Ordonez.

Worst pitcher: Matt Guerrier, .003 WPA. Mayor McCheese made things interesting in the eighth, giving up a double to Gerald Laird and a single to Ramon Santiago, but got Austin Jackson to strike out looking, and then Jose Mijares got Johnny Damon to foul out and end the inning.

Most important play of the game:

Morneau’s double off of Oliver in the fourth, which scored the tying run and got the Twins right back in the game (.142 WPA).

*Kidding!  Please don’t fire me.

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Tags: AL Central Detroit Tigers Gerald Laird Jim Thome Johnny Damon Jose Mijares Justin Morneau Kevin Slowey Matt Guerrier Minnesota Twins Ramon Santiago

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