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Bob Barker and baseball

Posted at 9:31 AM on June 11, 2007 by Steve Rudolph

Baseball fans, come on down!

Legendary game show host Bob Barker is retiring from “The Price is Right” this week, so I’ve decided to borrow the concept of the one show’s games to take a look at the how the 2007 season might end.

I’ll throw out a number and what I think it could correspond to at season's end. I’m curious to learn if you think the actual result will end up higher or lower. I’ll post my thoughts on the each item in Wednesday’s posting.

Let the games begin...

17 – The number of wins Johan Santana will record this year. He’s currently 6-6 and probably has about 20 starts left. Last year he won 20 games. In 2005, Santana recorded 16 wins, he won 19 games in 2004.

95 – The number of wins it will take to earn the A.L. Wild Card berth this year. The Tigers won 95 last year. Boston won 95 when it claimed the last playoff spot in 2005.

1 – Twins Rawlings Gold Glove award winners in 2007. Torii Hunter has been a lock in this category. Will he finally have some company?

40Justin Morneau’s homerun tally this season. The A.L. MVP parked 34 last season and has 17 in the team’s first 61 games.

5Homeruns by the rest of the Twins infield. Bartlett and Punto went deep in the same game last week. Castillo hit three last season, but is still looking for his first of 2007.

Tune back on Wednesday when I reveal my answers. Until then, I want to hear what you think.

I almost forgot. Before I sign off Bob wanted to remind you to help control the pet population – spay and neuter your pet today.

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