Posted at 9:50 AM on August 28, 2006
by David Zingler
Despite a 6-1 loss yesterday, the Twins showed they were headed to the post season last weekend. They beat the World Champion White Sox on their turf in two straight, high-intensity, playoff-like contests despite falling behind early on Friday and watching their closer blow a 9th inning lead on Saturday. It was the most fun Iíve had watching the Twins play since Game 2 of the 2004 ALDS -- and this time they won.
Unlike their predecessors earlier in the decade, this squad has what it takes to make a legitimate title run. Their line-up is better than itís been since Puckett and Hrbek batted back-to-back in the early 90s and they have the best pitcher in baseball on their side. If Francisco Liriano gets healthy and back to form, the Twins might even be the favorites to win the World Series. Thatís a role I donít think theyíve ever had (sorryÖdonít remember 1965, I was -10).
Two out of three ain't bad, as they say. Plus, there's always Kansas City. Ah, Kansas City.