Yankees just keep on rolling
The Twins' recent offensive woes have quietly killed all talk of the team contending with the Yankees for the best record in the American League. Two weeks ago, the "race" between New York and Minnesota for home-field advantage in the playoffs was seen as the team's biggest incentive to keep playing great baseball even after the AL Central title was locked up.
Well, the cream rises to the top, and the Yankee juggernaut shows no sign of slowing time. I'm no Yankee fan, and their payroll is one of the biggest problems in the game, but one thing is certain: This team knows how to play down the stretch. Expect to see the road to a World Series title going through the Bronx.
On a brighter note, the Twins have just 11 regular-season games left against teams that currently have winning records. That's good, because Sunday night's win brings the Twins' record against such teams to 13-18.
Yikes. The only thing scarier than that number is the fact that in a 162-game season (barring a strike), the Twins will play roughly 120 games against teams that will finish with a losing record.
I think it's pretty safe to say that the American League is awfully soft in the middle.