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Central Division Prediction Contest

Prediction time! With the Twins Magic Number at 9, and a relatively easy 13 game schedule from here on out, a Twins Central Division win is a near certainty. So let’s do a contest when the Twins will outright clinch the division. Below is the schedule for both teams to help you decide. The earliest the Twins could clinch is this Friday September 20th.

DayDateMN GameCLE Game
M9.16CWS@MN
TU9.17CWS@MNDET@CLE
W9.18CWS@MNDET@CLE
TH9.19KC@MNDET@CLE
F9.20KC@MNPHI@CLE
SA9.21KC@MNPHI@CLE
SU9.22KC@MNPHI@CLE
M9.23
TU9.24MN@DETCLE@CWS
W9.25MN@DETCLE@CWS
TH9.26MN@DETCLE@CWS
F9.27MN@KCCLE@WAS
SA9.28MN@KCCLE@WAS
SU9.29MN@KCCLE@WAS

Put your prediction in the comments below (spoiler if you want). Try to get them in by say before Tuesday's game. Then sit back and see when the Twins will be sipping (and spilling) champagne.

2019 Game 138 Twins at Red Sox

The day after Memorial Day I wrote this about the Twins being 1/3 of the way through their season:

...day after Memorial Day means the Spring portion of the season is over too. By this time we should be able to get a sense of who the real teams are and who the pretenders are. Obviously all is good in Twins land. Best record in baseball, on pace to smash the Home Run record, 10 game lead on Cleveland -- who doesn’t really look like a team able to play at a .600 pace the rest of the season, Oddo, Perez, Berrios looking great, even bad Gibby has been stuffed in a closet somewhere. Nelson Cruz should be back in the line-up any day, Mitch Garver on track to recover from his injury, Buxton doing (good) Buxton things, the list is endless. So settle in folks, we should have a fun summer of Baseball, and on the Tuesday after Labor Day, hopefully I’ll be writing up a post about Fall baseball coming up and how the Twins need to set up their line-up for the playoffs

Now that it's the day after Labor Day, kind of fun to look back. It has been a fun summer of baseball, the home run record was smashed, bad Gibby did find his way out of that closet, and Perez and Berrios not looking great as of late. That 10 game lead over the Clevanders was eliminated but is now back up to 5.5 games because guess what, apparently the Spiders were able to play at a .600 clip and better for much of June and July, also Twins have 4th best record in baseball now. So playoff line ups aren't being set yet but with the magic number at 20, we can see the end. Just for some context, if the Twins go 10-15 over these last 25 games Cleveland will have to play .625 ball just to force a game 163. If the Twins go 15-10, then Cleveland has to win 7 of every 8 games it plays to force a tie. Now the Twins and Cleveland do still have 6 games with each other, so lots of fun fall baseball ahead.

Speaking of fun baseball, Twins do embark on a pesky 12-game stretch against decent teams. Red Sox, Cleveland, Washington, and Cleveland again. Six to eight wins in this stretch and we can start investing in playoff tickets, especially since the last 13 games of the season are against the White Sox, Tigers, and Royals.

Tonight is the start of the Randy Dubnak era as he gets his first MLB start. Rick Porcello on the mound for the Red Sox and he's been ok but not great this year, which basically describes the Red Sox as whole in 2019. First Pitch at 6:10p

FMD – Woodstock at 50

So the past week or so I've been listening to music from the Woodstock festival from 50 years ago. The performances that we all are familiar with were great of course, but the others I found were not so compelling and downright tedious at times (lots of drum solos). Some of the Santana stuff put me to sleep. Also I noticed that most of the performances would fall under the rhythm and blues category of rock. I'd argue that if the same event was held today it would be classified as blue festival. Interesting how music has changed over the past 5 decades.

Anyway that's all I got. Drop 'em if you got 'em.

Game 131 — Twins at White Sox

Twins back battling the White Sox in the first game of a three game series. This was supposed to be the middle of the "easy" part of the schedule but the White Sox have been playing well lately and are now on track to lose less than 90 games this season. Lucas Giolito on the mound for the Sox and he has been anything but easy. 1.09 WHIP, 11.5 so/9 innings, batters with an OPS of .636 against Giolito this year. Plus he was just dominate against the Twins last week; they had no chance in Giolito's 3-hit, 9 shutout inning performance. Hopefully with some familiarity the Twins can get something going tonight. Pineda up for the Twins and you just never know with this guy. Fortunately the bullpen appears to be well rested.

Should be a gorgeous night for baseball tonight on the Southside. First pitch at 7:10p Cleveland plays Detroit this week so a good effort is needed to keep the hammer down on those dreaded Spiders.

The Feelies – Slipping Into Something

I couldn't find any evidence of The Feelies being played here before so here you go. Nice Saturday Morning song, with a guitar jam at the end.

Fun early video. These guys were a great, kinda cultish, band that mostly played on the east coast but made forays west as well. Their discography is on all the streaming services if interested.

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FMD – Good songs you don’t like

The other day Jeff A mentioned that he didn’t see the big deal about Pancho and Lefty. In true Padre fashion, he admitted that it was a popular song, he just didn’t get it. Well Pancho and Lefty is a popular song. Considered Townes Van Zandt’s best song, covered numerous times. Even considered the 17th greatest western ong ever written by American Cowboy magazine. (True story). The song has earned its bona fides.

It got me thinking, are there popular, well regarded songs out there that you “should” like given your particular tastes but just don’t? I know someone who is a big Beatles fan, but can’t stand Hey Jude. How about you?

Also drop ‘em if you got ‘em.