The secondary story line from last night’s Twins-Rays game was the very apathetic AL Central race. Sure the Rays clinched their first ever playoff berth and all, but what continues to amaze me is how, as the season winds down, I’m slowly coming to the realization that I could’ve guessed the outcome of this pennant race two months ago simply by thinking nothing was gonna change.
The Twins are a team that seems to be running on fumes, but then the White Sox can’t figure out the Royals’ Kyle Davies, a 8-7 pitcher who threw 65% of his pitches last night for strikes.
At least the Twinkies are making their postseason plans, selling “postseason strips,” as opposed to Ozzie’s hesitation on setting the playoff roster (yes, I know, the Sox are also planning their playoff ticket sale, but Twins’ strips are on sale now). You’d think the White Sox knew this was a pennant race.
OK maybe I shouldn’t come down too hard on the Sox; to their credit, as opposed to previous seasons, they’re hitting homeruns with runners on base, but because of that, you have a game like last night’s, where the tying run is mere inches away from coming home off the bat of Jermaine Dye.
Instead the ball ends up in Mark Teahen’s mitt and the game ends with Thome, another “big bopper” as Ken “The Hawk” Harrelson would say, striking out swinging.
So where are we now? Exactly where we were on Thursday, with a two-and-a-half game gap between Pale Hose and Twinkies, and their “decisive” three-game series looming on Tuesday.