Posted at 11:59 AM on October 3, 2005
by Ben Tesch
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.
It's also nice to have at least a mediocre offense (the Angels were 7th in runs) and your closest competition in the division scores only 11 more runs than your team. Must be nice to write Vlad's name on the lineup card every day, too.