Thursday, October 7, 2010

What I Meant to Say: Twins ALDS Game 1 Edition

Earlier this week I posted my predictions for each game of the ALDS (Twins Playoff Predictions). I was pretty specific in my predictions so I was bound to get some of the things wrong and maybe even get a few things right.

What I said was:
Liriano: I predict that Liriano will throw five innings and give up three runs. Two of these runs will be off of a Nick Swisher homerun. From there the Twins will turn to their bullpen to pitch the 6th through the 9th. I expect that to look something like Guerrier, Crain, Fuentes, Capps.

What I meant was:
I was pretty close on Francisco Liriano. He threw a little over 5 innings and gave up four runs instead of the three that I predicted. The Twins did turn to their bullpen but I had them a little out of order. It went Mijares, Crain, Fuentes, and Rauch. Capps wasn't needed because the team didn't have the lead. Hopefully he is needed tomorrow night.

What I said was:
Sabathia: Until the 7th inning Sabathia will only give up one run. The Twins will start a rally in the 7th with the bottom half of their line-up. Valencia and Hardy will get on to push Sabathia out of the game. The Twins will add an extra run in this inning. They will find the rest of their runs once they have gotten to the Yankees bullpen.

What I meant was:
CC Sabathia would look shaky in the early innings giving up three runs. He would only allow one more run and exit after the 7th. The rally never came off of the Yankee bullpen. But Sabathia wasn't as dominate as he could have been.

What I said was:
The first game might be the make or break moment for the Twins. CC Sabathia is by far the best pitcher that the Twins will face. If the Twins can pull-out a win against Sabathia the momentum of the series swings in favor of the Twins.

What I meant was:
CC Sabathia is still by far the best pitcher that the Twins will face in the series. The Twins didn't steal a win from the Yankees in Game 1 with Sabathia on the mound. This means that the Twins have to win the next two games against pitchers that have been struggling down the stretch. The Twins need to swing the momentum back in their favor.

What I said was:
Final Result: Twins win 4-3. WP-(Crain 1-0) LP-(Woods 0-1) SV-(Capps 1)

What I meant was:
Final Result: Twins lose 4-6. WP-(Sabathia 1-0) LP-(Crain 0-1) SV-(Rivera 1)
The person that I picked out of the bullpen to get the win ended up getting the lose.

The Twins are in a hole but it isn't impossible to get out of it.

There are still 11 wins until a World Series crown and the Twins can do it.

They just didn't make the road there very easy for themselves.

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