Posted at 10:18 PM on September 25, 2006
by Josh Lee
Oh my goodness. On any other day, an 8-1 whooping of Kansas City would not be that big a deal. Tonight, though, the Twins provided all kinds of entertainment, starting with the starter. Boof Bonser pitched an excellent 6 2/3 innings, giving up only two hits. After bopping up and down between Minnesota and Rochester for most of the season, Boof has settled in as just the kind of starter the Twins need, throwing strikes, letting the fielders help him, and eating some innings.
That's not all, though: Justin Morneau hit a three-run home run in the 8th, his 34th. Morneau broke a 120-at-bat homerless streak to remind everyone that there's a reason he'll be showing up on a lot of MVP ballots next week.
That's not all, either: Torii Hunter hit a two-run dinger in the 7th, to make it 30 on the season. Not only is that a career high for Hunter, but that gives the Twins two 30-homer guys for the first time since 1987. I hear that was a good year for Minnesota.
And this year now officially has a chance to be a pretty good one for Minnesota as well: tonight's win, combined with the White Sox's 1-14 loss to Cleveland, guarantees Minnesota a playoff berth. On top of that, the Twins are only a game behind the Tigers and Yankees for the best record in the AL, which wouldn't be a bad thing at all.
Back on April 4th someone posted this comment as a reaction to prediction talk...
"One more prediction: The Twins will lose 100 games this year.... First, Twins pitchers, supposedly upgraded from previous years, have never lived up to expectations, and the starters (because of poor coaching) probably won't be able to make it past the sixth inning until mid-May. Second, the Twins' infield saviors are both aging and will incur lots of damage from the Dome turf. Third, the Twins other hitting hero, besides the two previously mentioned infielders who will be injured much of the year, Jason Kubel, is unproven and simply had a good streak in spring training. In addition, the division competition will take a huge toll on the Twins' win/loss record. Anybody who says the Twins will challenge for a playoff spot is a delusional Homer."
Granted not all of his predictions were that off...Kubel only played great for a couple of weeks, and Batista was only marginally more succesful than Boone was last year, but either way, the 100 loss prediction was WAY off, and I for one am glad...PLAYOFFS HERE WE COME!