Posts tagged ‘Minnesota Twins’

September 29, 2008

Baseball Playoffs

by thoughtfulconservative

The Rays still don’t know who they’re playing. Since Chicago beat Detroit today, Minnesota and Chicago meet tomorrow in Chicago to determine who goes home and who goes on. John Danks will go for the White Sox while Nick Blackburn goes for the Twins. James Shields will be starting on Thursday afternoon in St. Petersburg no matter who they play. They will also play Friday and Sunday with other games scheduled for Monday and Wednesday, if required.

John Lackey of the Los Angeles Angels will face Jon Lester of the Red Sox Wednesday evening in Los Angeles. Games will follow on Friday and Sunday with if necessary games on Monday and Wednesday of next week. The Red Sox may be hampered if Josh Beckett can’t come back from his injury by his expected start date of Sunday.

In the National League, Milwaukee goes to Philadelphia to start the playoffs. The Phillies will start Cole Hamels while the Brewers send Yovani Gallaro. Game 2 will be on Thursday and Game 3 Saturday. If necessary, Games 4 and 5 will follow on Sunday and Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers-Chicago Cubs series starts Wednesday as well. The Cubs will send Ryan Dempster against the Dodgers’ Derek Lowe. Game 2 will also be in Chicago on Thursday before moving to LA on Saturday for game 3. If necessary, game 4 will be in LA on Sunday and game 5 on Tuesday in Chicago.

To update my beginning of the year predictions, I got the Angels and Red Sox in the playoffs along with the Cubs and Phillies in the NL. But Cleveland is not going to win the World Series.

March 30, 2008

AL CENTRAL

by thoughtfulconservative

The Cleveland Indians are the defending champions, but the Tigers were active in the offseason. The Indians had the top-rated rotation, Borowski was the saves leader and a more than adequate offense. All those pieces are returning.

The Detroit Tigers improved themselves greatly with the additions of Willis, Cabrera, Renteria, and Jacque Jones. Their already lethal offense is now more so. If the pitching holds us, they could take it all. But I don’t think they will.

The once fearsome Chicago White Sox rotation is a shadow of its former self. The offense was last in the league last year and there have been no improvements. The reason I put them as high as third is because of the following two teams.

Johan Santana leaving for the Mets leaves big shoes to fill for the Minnesota Twins. If all the youngsters come through, they might finish higher.

That leaves the Kansas City Royals. They improved last year and didn’t lose 100 games. They probably won’t this year either. But they still need a lot of help and will finish last again.