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Friday, June 27, 2008

How SWEEP It Is!

Sorry, I couldn't resist the cheezy title. I feel like I'm writing for the homepage on ESPN.com. Anyway, it is quite sweet as the Twins have pulled off their third consecutive sweep and are riding a nine game winning streak. Here's some sweep thoughts...

* Twins are currently 12-3 in interleague play.

* Twins have won 12 of their last 14.

* During the 9 game winning streak, the Twins have outscored opponents 56-19.

* Wednesday night the Twins took over the top spot as the team to score the most runs in the AL Central which includes huge lineups like Chicago and Detroit.

* In the past 6 games, the Twins have defeated 4 different Cy Young pitchers with a combined total of 11 Cy Young awards: Randy Johnson (5), Brandon Webb (1), Jake Peavy (1), and Greg Maddux (4).

* Twins starters are 8-0 with a 2.17 ERA during the 9 game winning streak.

* Scott Baker picked up both the win and his first major league at bat against the Padres Thursday. Twins pitchers are batting an astonishing .333 (6-18) and have struck out only 5 times in interleague play. Perhaps, we don't want to use a DH.

* Justin Morneau belted his 12th homerun of the season and picked up his 60th, 61st, and 62nd RBIs which rank him 2nd in the American League behind Josh Hamilton.

* Brendan Harris extended his hitting streak to a career high 8 games and hit 2 homeruns in the very big Petco Park. Harris seems to be heating up.

* Brian Buscher continues his torrid start. Since being called up on June 12th the thirdbaseman is hitting .386 with 14 RBIs. Say it with me, "Enjoy the bench Mike Lamb!"

* Once down by 6.5 games on June 12th, the Twins hot streak has brought them within a half game of the Chicago White Sox for first place in the division.

* Don't look now, but this hot streak looks eerily similar to the two long streaks the 2006 Twins rolled off during interleague play that year. In case you forgot, 2006 was a playoff year along with a MVP, a Cy Young, and a batting title.

* Tomorrow night the Twins continue interleague play and will do so at home at the Metrodome as they begin a 9 game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers. Nick Blackburn will take the hill for the Twins against Seth McClung.

Tell me readers which sweep thought do you find most interesting?

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