Nate Cornejo did a good job of eating up some innings, but the Twins jumped all over him in the third inning, and the Tigers lost 6-4. And with that loss, the Tigers are one more step away from the record books.
The Twins pretty much dominated the Tigers, like they have the last couple of years. Brad Radke threw a nice game, and the Twins are in a good spot, peaking at just the right time. As sort of preview of my playoff predictions, Johann Santana and Brad Radke aren’t exactly Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling of 2001, but the Twins could end up riding these guys into the World Series. With the White Sox losing their game, the Twins magic number is now 3.
And Oakland held off the Mariners, and avoided a sweep, and are now a comfortable three games up on Seattle. And to round out the division races, the Cubs picked up a game and are only a half game back of Houston (although the half game is a loss, which you can’t make up).
Once the races are finalized, I’ll then post my predictions, and following what happens throughout the playoffs. I’m also going to take a stab, with some editorial commentary, at who’s going to win the post season awards.
Unfortunately I won’t get to see much of the Tigers final home stand. I could probably easily get tickets, but between a wedding, another party, and my wedding anniversary, I just couldn’t swing it.