I was feeling a good vibe yesterday. So, at 4:30 in the afternoon, I came on the blog and made the following comment: "Random prediction: the Twins are going to win in blowout fashion tonight." Well, the Twins ended up winning last night's game against the White Sox 12-5, proving my prediction accurate. And I felt like quite the prognosticator.
In fairness, my prediction wasn't based completely on a "good vibe." Basically, I didn't think much of the opposing starter, John Danks, and mostly I just felt like this offense was due for an explosion. It came in the form of a 12-run outburst, highlighted by Jason Kubel's six RBI (including a grand slam in the sixth inning.) Mike Lamb went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Brendan Harris collected three hits and is now batting .348 on the season, and while Carlos Gomez had only one hit in five at-bats, he hit a two-run double with the bases loaded in the third and also drew a walk to lead off the game.
And my suspicions about Danks proved accurate on this night. He got just five outs while surrendering seven earned runs on seven hits and three walks. The Twins showed good patience in the game, forcing Danks and reliever Nick Masset to throw a combined 140 pitches over the first six innings, taking 61 of those pitches for balls.
Scott Baker had a decent outing, going five innings while giving up three runs on three solo homers. Being that he's a fly ball pitcher, the home runs are going to come against Baker, but fortunately he was able to minimize the damage last night by keeping runners off the bases. Brian Bass earned a save by pitching four strong innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits. My guess it that Bass' solid outing earned him a chance to get the start on Sunday in place of Kevin Slowey, who has been scratched, although an extra starter may not be needed due to weather cancellations.
In the past, the Twins offense has had a tendency to score a bunch of runs in one game and then enter a drought. Let's hope that doesn't happen here. Frankly, I'm fairly optimistic about this team right now. The pitching has been better than I'd expected, the offense is showing signs of awakening, and the AL Central competition has been far from dazzling up to this point (although the Tigers did finally win their first game last night). There's a very good chance tonight's game will be canceled, but if the Twins and White Sox do indeed play, let's hope the Minnesota offense can pick up where it left off last night.