By Joe Christensen
It seems somehow misleading to lump the Twins and Rangers together as potential playoff teams. Yes, the Twins have a chance to make the postseason because the AL Central is so weak, so this is series is just as important to both clubs.
But the Rangers have really impressed me. They remain 2 1/2 games behind Boston for the AL wild card, with Tampa Bay sitting 4 1/2 games back. It hardly seems fair that the Rangers and Rays could both be sitting home in October watching the Tigers, Twins or White Sox play in the postseason.
I like the Rangers’ blend of speed and power on offense. Their defense is better, and the pitching just boggles the mind, considering how bad it’s been in Texas all these years.
The starters have been terrific, and the bullpen is practically lights out. That’s 15 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings for Neftali Perez. C.J. Wilson has 32 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings since the All-Star break.
And yet the Twins are 5-4 against the Rangers heading into their final meeting Sunday. Scott Baker vs. Kevin Millwood. It should be another good one. Head to La Velle’s blog in the morning for the starting lineups.
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