2011 Game 134: Spoilers on the South Side

Yahoo sez:

Buehrle has a 0.39 ERA this season and 26 wins in his career against Minnesota, reasons the White Sox should feel confident heading into Monday night’s opener of a three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field.

On July 10th, the Twins had just taken the third of four games from the South Siders and were heading home for an extended homestand, following the All-Star game break. We were excited. The club had managed to trim nine games from its division deficit (which had peaked on May 23 at 15.5). And we were going home to beat up on the Landed Gentlemen, then face down our two biggest division threats of Cleveland and Detroit. The team had its fate in its hands.

Four games against KC added to the excitement, as our boys took three of four, for their fifth straight series win. They were now within five games of the top of the division and facing division-leading Cleveland. Time to make our move? Meh. Two losses, followed by two wins. Water treaded.

Hey, division-leading Detroit is next. We lost three of four. Something was telling us that this was not our year. A 4-6 West Coast trip didn't help our moods, but at least we were going home to beat up on the ChiSox again. I mean, we own these guys, right?

Three. Game. Sweep. Series over, season over.

All we have left now is our shattered pride and a shot at some Schadenfreude. The Sox are a half-game above .500 (a place the Twins have never been this season) and six games back of Detroit -- close enough that they seem to think they've got a shot. Minny plays seven games against the Sox in the next 10 days. All I ask is that we shatter some dreams the next week and a half, boys. The word for the day, again, is Schadenfreude.

Pitching matchup: Hound Dog Slowey vs. Cy Brrly.

91 thoughts on “2011 Game 134: Spoilers on the South Side”

  1. Ben Revere is so fast, he made two outs in the first inning (according to Gameday). Or mebbe there's a bug?

    1. The good news is that I didn't die in Hurricane Irene. The bad news is that the Twins still suck.

      1. My favorite part of the hurricane was the water on the sidewalk in NYC. ZOMG! The coverage on CNN was awesome.

        1. I missed most of the coverage of the hurricane because I went to Myrtle Beach for the weekend. Interestingly enough, Myrtle Beach was originally supposed to get hit pretty hard, so the town was pretty empty. The weather was great, so I think the hurricane actually benefited me a little bit.

    1. It's ironic that he had the most crushing homer to ruin the rivals' season while playing for each team.

    1. If you see a short, stocky bald guy (no, not George Costanza) who looks like he's running the place and is named Pete, tell him I said hello.

  2. I know I don't keep up with the Twins as much as I should, but I haven't heard of a single player playing for the Twins tonight.

      1. I suppose I should clarify: I haven't heard of any of them being any good. This team is still better than that extra inning game we had against Boston where Gardy pinch ran us into an AA team.

  3. So that's an out because he's trying to exchange, while Span's running dropped ball last year (even though he had held on to it longer) is not an out. I see.

              1. That sort of talking, testimonial that morphs into Soul Man number 1? Yeah, that's pretty amazing. Combined with the band and the crowd, the sum of the parts adds up to magic.

    1. The accountants are still trying to figure out if yesterday's runs are to be billed to last week, or the coming one. That run might not show.

      1. See, if the Twins FO would hire a new training staff and get Arthur Anderson to do the accounting we'd win more ballgames.

  4. if the twins ain't gonna do nuthin', i'd prefer they'd do it quickly. i've got more game of thrones to watch.

    (truth be told, i had already watch all of the first season, but jane saw the last 20 minutes of the last episode, and decided she wanted to watch it too. fiiiine.)

      1. i did indeed. without getting into any spoilers it was faithful and well done, and it's hard to ask for more. obviously it's easier to please a book's fan base when you have 10 hours instead of 2, but still (also, it's a good sign that i don't see it as too much of a sacrifice to watch it again). while i would definitely recommend the series to anyone else, i'd also recommend reading the book first to keep up.

        i'm currently reading the second book and looking forward to the 2nd season.

          1. heh, i'm about 150+ into the 2nd, and i'm already wondering how they're going to condense everything from here forward.

            also, tyrion/peter=one of my favorite written/acted characters evah. i believe that's been covered around here though.

  5. Me: [carrying two shot glasses of clear liquid up to my office]
    Mrs. Hayes: [gives me a funny look]
    Me: I'm cleaning my fountain pens.
    Mrs. Hayes: Oh. I thought it had gotten pretty bad up there.
    Me: Well, they're down by two runs, which is basically insuperable.

  6. Good to see Capps hasn't lost his proven closer form. At least he's willing to play through the suckiness.

  7. I don't remember the last time it happened, but I just plain forgot about the Twins tonight. I was doing a mini-marathon of Mad Men tonight. I, at least, saw plenty of scoring.

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