38 thoughts on “2013 Game 160: Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins”

  1. I'm blacked out for the Twins the rest of the season. And the Billy Hamilton's are blacked out because they're in Pittsburgh. I guess I'm watching the Rays or Rangers from here on out since they're fighting for the last place with Cleveland (who I've already established I can't see).

  2. If I was a fan of the Texas Rangers, I'd be angry with their performance down the stretch. The Twins will not be helping them.

    1. The Clevelands must have had a tough schedule earlier in the season because their last two weeks have been decidedly creampuff.
      I know that when they were one out of the WC with howevermany games to play, I said they had the inside track on getting one of the berths.

    1. How long did he watch last night's homer?
      It's unfortunate Brian McCann plays for the other Native-American-Themed ballclub, he could have stood between third and home last night and provoked a fracas that could have forestalled tonight's beaning.

  3. 3-way tie scenario is warming up, Cleveland and Rangers up, Rays down.
    If those score hold, it's TBR and CLE tied with TEX back one with two games to play.

    1. How it could go down:

      [S]hould all three finish in a tie, which would require two tiebreaker games -- one on Monday and one on Tuesday -- ahead of Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game.

      The bottom line is this: The Indians would host the Rays on Monday, with the winner earning one of the berths. The loser would play at Texas on Tuesday for the final spot.

      That schedule is the result of the Indians having the best combined record (7-5) against the Rays and Rangers and therefore having the right to choose to host the first game. The Rays' combined record is second (7-6) and they chose to go on the road on Monday rather than host a game on Tuesday. The Rangers (5-8) were left with only that option.

      Home-field advantage in Wednesday's Wild Card game then would be determined by the head-to-head record between the two remaining teams. The Rays hold the advantage over the Indians, the Indians over the Rangers, and the Rangers over the Rays.

      Any tiebreaker games, along with the Wild Card games, will be broadcast exclusively on TBS and ESPN Radio.

      If one game is needed to break a tie for a playoff berth between two teams, it will be played on Monday, hosted by the team that won the season series against the other. That applies to determining a division championship whether or not the losing team would still qualify as a Wild Card.

      Home-field advantage is determined first by head-to-head records, then by the higher winning percentage in intradivision games. If a further tiebreaker is needed, it's the best winning percentage in the last half of intraleague games.

  4. Pedro Florimon is the first Twins SS (I set the parameter at 'played 75% of games at SS') to hit 9 HRs as a SS since Cristian Guzman hit 9 in 2002.

        1. And Hendriks should've had another strikeout on a check swing that instead was a 2-run HR on the next pitch. Evidently the 3B ump was ready for the season to be over, too.

  5. The Indians have a magic number of two with two to play. They are looking to win. Twins need to go 1-1 to improve on last year.

    Race to the Bottom:

    Losses Seasons
    94 1997 *2013*
    96 2012
    97 1999
    99 2011
    102 1982
    1. late to the party, but I like the Oakland tv guys (Ray Fosse and Glen Kuiper). Knowledgeable, not very GOML-y, seem to have fun with the job, don't talk TOO much.

  6. Two clubhouse men were talking. "Hey, Frank, you want to hear something really peculiar?"

    "Sure, Joe," said Frank, for that was the first clubhouse man's name. "Sure. Tell me something really peculiar."

    "Well, I was in the clubhouse when Gardy called me into his office..."

    "Who?" asked Frank.

    "Gardy," said Joe. "You know, Ron Gardenhire. His pals call him Gardy."

    "When did you and him become pals?" asked Frank.

    "We been pals for years," said Joe. "We just like to keep it on the down low. Anyways, Gardy calls me into his office and hands me a bunch of T-shirts."

    "What's so peculiar about that?" asked Frank.

    "Nothing," said Joe. "This is just the set-up. I'm trying to set the scene. I'm building up some dramatic tension before I tell you the really peculiar part."

    "You always was kind of a drama queen," said Frank. "Okay, go on then."

    "Okay, I will," said Joe. "Anyways, Gardy gives me these T-shirts, and he says, 'Get rid of these. I don't care what you do with them. Throw them in the garbage. Give them to a homeless shelter. Burn them. I don't care. Just get rid of them.'"

    "Are you still building the dramatic tension?" asked Frank.

    "No!" said Joe. "That was the really peculiar part!"

    "Well, I don't know that I'd call that really peculiar," said Frank. "A little odd, maybe. Somewhat strange, perhaps. To be peculiar, something has to be really eccentric or bizarre. This is just kind of unusual."

    "Well I say it's peculiar," said Joe. "You know how Gardy is. Or maybe you don't, since you ain't pals with him like I am. But for him, it's pretty eccentric or bizarre for him to want to get rid of a bunch of perfectly good T-shirts. I mean, they're kind of old, but they still seem to be in good shape. In fact, I'd say it goes beyond peculiar. I think it's weird."

    "Lemme see those T-shirts," said Frank. He took a few of them and spread them out on a table.

    "Here's your answer," said Frank. "It ain't the T-shirts themselves. It's what's wrote on the T-shirts."

    "Why? What's wrote on them?" asked Joe.

    "Vote for Pedro."

    And we'll just have to settle for 68-94!

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