By Joe Christensen
The focus for the Twins now obviously is catching Cleveland, overcoming that 5 1/2 game gap, which just happens to be the same gap the Twins had behind Detroit last year on this date.
I’m still struck by Detroit’s latest collapse, however. The Twins are only three back of the Tigers today. Reading the Detroit Free Press, you’ve got Gary Sheffield speaking like a player whose shoulder injury might not let him come back this season, and you’ve got another pitcher joining Kenny Rogers on the DL in Jair Jurrgens.
Michael Rosenberg summed it up the overall state of the Tigers well with this column:
A crazy year just keeps getting crazier. The Tigers’ starting leftfielder, Cameron Maybin, was playing centerfield in Single-A ball three weeks ago. None of the starting pitchers has had a particularly good year. Every day seems to bring a new call-up, injury or demotion.
Yet here are the Tigers, 2 1/2 games out of first place.
The Tigers have one more game with the Yankees tonight, as Justin Verlander pitches opposite Mike Mussina. That one’s on ESPN2 tonight, so I’ll be flipping back and forth from the Twins game.