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.