Past The Halfway Point

Game 82: Rays 7 (48-33), Twins 4 (44-38)

The mathematical halfway point of the season for the Twins came after the game on Saturday. I suppose it is appropriate that they lost games on both sides of that arbitrary milestone. I only half paid attention to Sunday’s game, and found myself wishing there was a World Cup match to pay attention to when the Twins fell in a six-run hole.

Moral victories are starting to get old, but I guess in this case it was good that the Twins were able to get the tying run to the plate. Perhaps this is the optimist in me, but I still think the Twins will eventually pull away from the pack. This lineup is too good – especially now that Jim Thome seems to have an everyday job as DH against right-handed pitching. This lineup will score runs, and the pitching (both starters and bullpen) will break the funk of the last month or so.

WPA Stars of the Game
1. Evan Longoria
2. James Shields
3. Grant Balfour

Standings (through Sunday)
1. Det 43-37, 361-361, –
2. Min 44-38, 382-335, –
3. Chi 42-38, 346-350, 1.0
4. KC 36-46, 361-400, 8.0
5. Cle 32-49, 331-403, 11.5

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