The Twins sneak out of Chi-town with a one game lead in the AL Central.
So what does it all mean? What can the Twins take out of this series?
This series showed that the Twins were the stronger team at this point. The Twins used the power of 5 home runs to win the first game 12-6. In the second and third games the teams traded 6-1 scores behind strong pitching performances.
Since the series was in Chicago, the Twins needed to win at least one of the three games. For the Twins to steal the last game, against the pitcher that has being pitching the best for the White Sox, was a definite bonus. The Twins have yet to lose a series to the White Sox in 2010. The Twins are now 8-4 against the Chi-Sox. The Twins have been cleaning up in the Central division this season. The Twins are 31-17 against their division foes, while the White Sox are a miniscule 21-23.
The Twins finished this most recent road trip strong. There have been a lot of road games for the Twins since the All-Star break. In fact, 17 of their last 20 games have been on the road. It will be nice to see the team return to Target Field where they are 33-20.
There were a few injury concerns for the Twins coming out of the series. Jose Mijares ended up on the 15-day DL with a knee injury. Jeff Manship got called up to replace him on the roster but Glen Perkins will stay with the team to fill the left-handed relief pitcher role for the team. JJ Hardy tweaked his troublesome wrist but won't end up on the DL. John Rauch hurt his big toe covering 1st on Friday. He should be available tonight to pitch. So it will be interesting to see how these injuries impact the team in the upcoming series.
The Twins and Sox will face off again starting on Tuesday. The Twins will see two of the same pitchers that just faced them, John Danks and Gavin Floyd. It will be interesting to see how the teams and pitchers adjust to facing each other on such a short turn around time.
So here we are the morning after, a one game lead for the Twins, and a lot of baseball left to play...