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Angels win title the Twins way

Posted at 11:59 AM on October 3, 2005 by Ben Tesch (1 Comments)

I couldn't help notice while I was reading this AP article, that the Angels' season mirrored the Twins' success of the previous title years so closely. Another version of this article was even titled "Angels count on defense and pitching depth to win AL West again", which had been the mantra of the Twins all along.

"One thing that kept us afloat and kept our sanity was the way we were pitching and playing defense," Scioscia said. "We were able to stay positive and optimistic because it wasn't going to take a lot of offense."

Replace Scioscia with Gardenhire in that quote and you wouldn't have thought twice about it, and you would have assumed the Twins pulled off yet another title with the fundamentals.

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Let the games begin

Posted at 12:13 PM on October 3, 2005 by Ben Tesch (1 Comments)

Over the weekend, the matchups were set. In the AL it's the Red Sox versus the White Sox, and the Yankees versus the Angels. The White Sox might now have the pitching to beat the Red Sox, but they haven't won a playoff series in, oh, 88 years. The Angels are fast and scrappy, and even beat the Yankees 6 out of 10 season games to get home field avantage, but then again, it's the Yankees.

In the NL it's the Padres versus the Cardinals, and the Astros versus the Braves. The Cardinals are pretty much solid all around, so I can't say much for the Padres besides their last rites. The Braves are always good (14 straight division titles good), but the Astros have the same number of aces as wins that it takes to get to the next round.

What are your postseason predictions?

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Some things never change.

Posted at 1:48 PM on October 3, 2005 by Josh Lee (2 Comments)

The Twins were witness to a lot of changes this season: chaos in the infield, injuries in the outfield, shifts of power in the AL Central. The clubhouse didn't seem to be the happy home it used to be, as intergenerational frustration led to cliquey conflict. One reliever had more wins than four of the starters, while another had to deal with the consequences of taking the red pill instead of the blue one. The hitting was notable for mostly not being. And just when we had all gotten used to seeing them in the playoffs, all those changes added up to a Minnesota team looking in from the outside.

At least the Twins got to end the season with a relaxing six-game homestand against Kansas City and Detroit, winning five of six and giving us glimpses of more, happier changes in the future with strong outings by Liriano and Baker — not to mention that sweet, sweet Morneau grand slam. Even with all the changes that have occurred, beating up on less fortunate teams is a tradition that never gets old. Hopefully something will happen in the offseason to keep the Twins from becoming one of those clubs that other teams pick on to feel better about themselves.

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