Game 37: Twins 6 (23-14), Yankees 3 (24-13)
Remind me: which of these two teams is the one that knows how to win? Which never feels out of the game, and always seems to come up with the big home run in the late innings?
If you had tried to script a game that might make me forget the rest of the weekend series with the Yankees, I’m not sure you could have done much better than having Jason Kubel hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to take the Twins from a one-run deficit to a three-run lead – the eventual margin of victory. It was the biggest play of the season so far for the Twins. That’s not hyperbole. Kubel’s grand slam was worth .589 WPA. He took the Twins’ chances of winning the game from just over 30 percent to just over 90 percent with one swing of the bat.
I’ll still argue that this win shouldn’t really mean more to this team than any win in May, but it probably does. If nothing else, it will turn off some of the talking heads that like to suggest the Twins can’t compete with the Yankees.
WPA Stars of the Game
1. Jason Kubel
2. David Robertson
3. Randy Winn
AL Central Standings (through Sunday)
1. Min 23-14, 180-141, –
2. Det 22-16, 176-172, 1.5
3. Cle 15-20, 136-163, 7.0
4. Chi 15-22, 152-180, 8.0
5. KC 14-24, 155-199, 9.5
Off to Rogers Centre for a quick, two-game series with the Blue Jays. Game one on Monday will feature Kevin Slowey against Dana Eveland.