By La Velle
Are you down because of your squad? Worried that the postseason is slipping away? Have you decided to flee for the the cabin through Labor Day and won’t watch another game until then?
True, the Twins haven’t played their best ball in recent games. True, Seattle seems to be embracing the role of the spoiler. And, true, the Orioles look like a bunch of enablers right now. But there’s still a lot of baseball left and the division race can change over the course of a series.
A couple things to note:
The White Sox are 30-34 on the road – better than the Twins’ 28-35 road mark. But after wrapping up the series with Baltimore tonight they head to Boston for three games at Fenway Park, where they are 3-7 since 2004, then three obviously winnable games at Cleveland.
They’ll have one more road trip remaining. Four games against the desperate Yankees, three at Kansas City, where they have dropped two of three to the Royals in each of their last two trips there and had a bench-clearing incident the last time in town, then three at the Dome.
The White Sox bullpen is not a sure thing. They don’t know when key reliever Scott Linebrink will return from his shoulder problems. His comments about how he feels – plus the fact he can’t throw breaking balls – must concern the White Sox.
And Octavio Dotel has a 6.75 ERA this month and has given up five homers.
It’s not much, but I just don’t think this is separation week in the AL Central. A person who writes another blog mentioned that it might be a good time to take a break. I strongly disagree. Beat writers learn a few years into the gig that you don’t know what’s going to happen when you get to the park each day. If I were you, I wouldn’t touch the clicker.
And, for more entertainment, read here how those crazy Cubs fans are all over Barack Obama.
And one more thing: Ran into former Twin Al Newman yesterday and visited with him for awhile. Many of you have asked me about Newmie, so here’s an update:
Newmie has one foot in the, `private sector,’ working for Aflac. But he also hosts a weekly baseball show on 1280AM (The Patrioit). He’s on at 6 p.m. each Sunday, and Tim Laudner will be his guest this week.