Is this the year? Twins and some MLB ...

Is this the year? Twins and some MLB analysts like their chances

There are 47 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 5, 2010, titled Is this the year? Twins and some MLB analysts like their chances. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Minnesota's Joe Mauer, right, is doused with champagne by teammate Jason Repko in the clubhouse after the Twins clinched the AL Central Division title at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday September 21, 2010.

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mlars

United States

#1 Oct 5, 2010
This writer is either huffing blue and red paint or he is the worlds biggest kiss ass. They are the New York Yankees. We will be destroyed. The Yanks don't care about a fun family atmosphere, or cute little trains, or bkie paths the cute little stadium. The Yankees do one thing and that is win. Something the Twins organization a forgaot about, division titles mean nothing. One and done.
brian holgate

Minnetonka, MN

#2 Oct 5, 2010
i want to know when the last time we beat c.c. sabathai. for any team if was with new york cleceland.
wow

Burnsville, MN

#4 Oct 5, 2010
All the negativity in this town sucks..per kfan..Go Twins!!
techie51

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Oct 5, 2010
Yankees in 5. Cya twinkies
Had Enough

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Oct 5, 2010
I agree - if you don't have anything nice to say - then keep your yapper shut - Go Twins!!!!!!!!!
smartie

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Oct 5, 2010
A 7:30 at night game in the northland, in October is nuts.
MinnesotaGuy

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Oct 5, 2010
Part of me pines for the days when we used to pack the Dome to the gills for playoff games, and make it more raucous than any other stadium in baseball. But now we're in a new era with its own merits-- a great new stadium and a team to match.

Let's go Twins!
Manny

Ely, MN

#9 Oct 5, 2010
My game plan against CC with our speed would be to bunt against him. He doesn't like it when teams bunt so lay down a few early and get into his head, then if you get on, run against him. By bunting early you also tire out this big horse. Start practicing bunting against a lefty in practice and do it early in the game. The other thing he may do against you if you bunt is to throw at you so be ready. Go Twins!!!!
Ozzie Guillen

Springfield, IL

#10 Oct 5, 2010
mlars wrote:
This writer is either huffing blue and red paint or he is the worlds biggest kiss ass. They are the New York Yankees. We will be destroyed. The Yanks don't care about a fun family atmosphere, or cute little trains, or bkie paths the cute little stadium. The Yankees do one thing and that is win. Something the Twins organization a forgaot about, division titles mean nothing. One and done.
Do ju eber say anythin nice an intellegent?? I bet ju gotta Jankees tatoo in ju culo.
Ozzie Guillen

Springfield, IL

#11 Oct 5, 2010
brian holgate wrote:
i want to know when the last time we beat c.c. sabathai. for any team if was with new york cleceland.
Do a Google an find it out juself.
short series

Denver, CO

#12 Oct 5, 2010
I don't understand why anyone is picking the Twins. They can't beat they Yankees & that's who they face first. Why do you think we can suddenly beat the Yankees? Short series.
smokin weezy

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Oct 5, 2010
The post-season is a totally new ball game. Anyone can win, and to favor one team because of personel or statistics is not very intelligent. Both teams have a great chance of winning. Whoever executes the game with results and mitigates error will come out on top.
Ben

Montréal, Canada

#14 Oct 5, 2010
Hey smartie,

It will be fun to play in october late at night in Minnesota outdoors, good luck Twins.
Burkholder

Eden Prairie, MN

#15 Oct 5, 2010
they will get swept by the Yanks. The Twinkies are pretenders and Gardy is in full choke mode
FreePeteRose14

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Oct 5, 2010
I'm not a witch. I'm like you, a long-suffering Minnesota sports fan. 1991 seems like a distant memory now. The warmth of that spectacular moment was almost taken for granted by many of the locals, coming so close after the Twins' miracle of 1987. But that warmth has faded away and even though our local 9 has enjoyed above average performance, we haven't been able to climb the championship mountain since then. It's been a long wait. And I'd like to say that this is going to be the year but it appears that it won't if you really have observed the regular season performance of Gardy's Grunts. The Twins are built for the long haul. They have either above average or excellent position players. Same with the pitching with one exception. We don't have the one true ace that every champion needs and usually has. We can run 5, even 6 starting pitchers out there that are equal or better than any team in baseball, which serves us very well during the long pennant run. But in a short series like this one, where you might even be able to run your ace out there a minimum of 2 and if a possible, for a third game, and the lack of a true ace can really limit your chances at post season glory. Add to the fact that Gardy is waiting until game 2 to go with Pavano when Liriano hasn't been able to go deep in games lately, and it really gets blurry. The best pitcher on the team during the home stretch has been Duensing, and now he has a bum shoulder too. So it appears that the Twins will need to score a minimum of 6 runs per game to stay in the chase and get by the Evil Empire. Yes they are still evil even though Darth Steinbrenner has passed on. Just wait until free agency starts and the Yanks add 3 or 4 new superstars while Major League Baseball turns a blind eye to the ruination of the game. The Yankees are the Death Star of Baseball and they will kill this sport if they are allowed to continue unabated as they pillage and plunder every other team of their brightest stars. There is simply too much money in New York for the other teams to compete billfold wise. Anyway, the Twins probably can't outscore the Yanks and even if they do, Tampa Bay awaits and in case you hadn't noticed, The Rays are the division winner, not New York. They're not exactly chopped-liver. They might even be the best team in baseball if Philadelphia isn't. So the Twins look destined for another "slap on the back nice try" end. They're getting closer. Possibly if Morneau was able to play they could pull it off but he's out and so will the Twins be when game 5 arrives and Sabathia and the Yanks close us out. And maybe in the end, that's just the way Major League Baseball and Dud (not a mis-spelling!) Selig want it. You know the networks are dreaming of a Yanks-Phillies world series so they are able to garner the highest possible TV ratings. Baseball quit being about the sport of it a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Good Luck Twins!
CamelTow

Calgary, Canada

#17 Oct 5, 2010
FreePeteRose14 wrote:
I'm not a witch. I'm like you, a long-suffering Minnesota sports fan. 1991 seems like a distant memory now. The warmth of that spectacular moment was almost taken for granted by many of the locals, coming so close after the Twins' miracle of 1987. But that warmth has faded away and even though our local 9 has enjoyed above average performance, we haven't been able to climb the championship mountain since then. It's been a long wait. And I'd like to say that this is going to be the year but it appears that it won't if you really have observed the regular season performance of Gardy's Grunts. The Twins are built for the long haul. They have either above average or excellent position players. Same with the pitching with one exception. We don't have the one true ace that every champion needs and usually has. We can run 5, even 6 starting pitchers out there that are equal or better than any team in baseball, which serves us very well during the long pennant run. But in a short series like this one, where you might even be able to run your ace out there a minimum of 2 and if a possible, for a third game, and the lack of a true ace can really limit your chances at post season glory. Add to the fact that Gardy is waiting until game 2 to go with Pavano when Liriano hasn't been able to go deep in games lately, and it really gets blurry. The best pitcher on the team during the home stretch has been Duensing, and now he has a bum shoulder too. So it appears that the Twins will need to score a minimum of 6 runs per game to stay in the chase and get by the Evil Empire. Yes they are still evil even though Darth Steinbrenner has passed on. Just wait until free agency starts and the Yanks add 3 or 4 new superstars while Major League Baseball turns a blind eye to the ruination of the game. The Yankees are the Death Star of Baseball and they will kill this sport if they are allowed to continue unabated as they pillage and plunder every other team of their brightest stars. There is simply too much money in New York for the other teams to compete billfold wise. Anyway, the Twins probably can't outscore the Yanks and even if they do, Tampa Bay awaits and in case you hadn't noticed, The Rays are the division winner, not New York. They're not exactly chopped-liver. They might even be the best team in baseball if Philadelphia isn't. So the Twins look destined for another "slap on the back nice try" end. They're getting closer. Possibly if Morneau was able to play they could pull it off but he's out and so will the Twins be when game 5 arrives and Sabathia and the Yanks close us out. And maybe in the end, that's just the way Major League Baseball and Dud (not a mis-spelling!) Selig want it. You know the networks are dreaming of a Yanks-Phillies world series so they are able to garner the highest possible TV ratings. Baseball quit being about the sport of it a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Good Luck Twins!
very interesting writing, thanks for your insight. I found it enjoyable to read....
Don

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Oct 5, 2010
Recent history would give most of you the easy answer...Yankees. I am not so sure. They still have to go out and play the game. All streaks come to an end eventually. Yankees could take the Twins too lightly and BAM! Twins win! I say Twins in 5.
PW Herman

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Oct 5, 2010
Yankees = east coast poo poo
Butt Favre

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Oct 5, 2010
Look dudes and dudettes: This ain't the same yankee team it was even in the spring. The odds suggest that the Yanks have a 52% chance and the Twins a 48% chance. So it ain't much different than a coin toss. In other words, whoever gets the lucky breaks win.

Of all the playoff matchups, this one is closest according to the odds makers.

And they have been very very accurate over the years.

JTY

Since: Sep 08

Olathe, KS

#21 Oct 5, 2010
Anyone who says the Twins will go all the way must not have been watching the last couple weeks.

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