Twins Magic Number At Two

Bonser gets the start in game one vs. KC.

The Twins have done the unthinkable this season, coming back from the dead to put themselves in position to clinch the Division title this week. With the Magic Number at two, and the lowly Kansas City Royals coming into town, the Twins could have a playoff spot secured by early this week, making their series with the White Sox a moot point.

So an unbelievable regular season is on the brink of becoming the past, and the Twins could not be happier. With their Magic Number down to 2, the Twins have an opportunity to be slated for the playoffs early in the week, making their series with the White Sox meaningless. If they can take care of business against the Kansas City Royals, it should give the team the break it needs before the grind of the post-season.

The Twins will send Boof Bonser to the hill in game one, and he should be looking to rebound against the Royals. In his two starts against Kansas City this season, Bonser has posted a 7.56 earned run average, though he has been one of the more consistent starters for the Twins as of late. Another strong performance could secure his spot in the post-season rotation.

Cy Young front-runner Johan Santana will take the ball in Game two, in what could be the post-season clinching game. If the Twins do clinch, I would not be surprised to see the Twins shut him down until game one of the Division Series. Also, with a good performance, Santana should all but lock up his second Cy Young award.

Scott Baker and Carlos Silva will pitch games two and three, and both have had success against the Royals this season. Baker posted a 3.86 ERA in his only start against Kansas City, while Silva has a 2.70 mark in two starts. If all goes well, the Chicago series should become a moot point. Also keep your eye on Joe Mauer, who is trying to lock down the American League batting title.

The second half of the season has been a wild ride for the Twins, who were once left for dead in the playoff hunt. Back ten games on July 1, the Twins could possibly do the unthinkable by coming all the way back to take the Division title from the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have already clinched a playoff spot, but don't look for them to call off the dogs just yet.

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