Gameday Stats and Facts: September 29

Posted: September 29, 2010 11:15 a.m. CT

Anthony LaPanta
foxsportsnorth.com

The Twins lost a game in the race for home field last night as both New York and Tampa Bay won. They did, however, get help as Texas lost – which clinches the fact that the Twins will be at home for the first round.

Playoff Picture
Wild Card vs. Minnesota

Texas vs. AL East Champion

 Tampa Bay*  94-63
 New York*  94-64 1/2
 Minnesota  92-65  2

* TB and NYY clinched playoff spots last night

 

The Twins have likely played themselves out of the race for home field advantage. As we look ahead to facing a wild card team, both CC Sabathia and David Price pitched well in their final starts last night and could have seven days off before a potential Wednesday start.

Game One Foes
Price, Sabathia tune up last night

   Price  Sabathia
 Last night  8 IP, 6 H, 0 R  8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R
 Season  19-6, 2.63  21-7, 3.18
 vs. Twins  1-1, 1.69  13-8, 3.05

 

The Twins allowed 10 runs again last night. They have allowed 10 or more runs four times in the last five games. This is the first time this has happened to the Twins since April of 1994.

Frustrating Five
Twins pitching in five game skid

   Sept. 24-28, 2010  April 1994
 Games of 10+ runs allowed  4  4
 Total runs allowed  46  60
 ERA  9.34  10.64
 OBA  .337  .390
 HR allowed  13  13
 Previous ERA  3.74  5.68
 Previous ERA rank  7th  28th

 

Scott Baker hasn’t lost since July 19, going 5-0.  The Twins have won 8 of his last 9 starts.

Big Starts for Baker

   Since July 24  Previous 12 starts
 GS  9  12
 W-L  5-0  3-7
 ERA  3.14  5.50
 OBA  .240  .306
 Team W-L  8-1  4-8

 

Baker will be trying to help the Twins avoid a three-game sweep in KC for the first time since 1994 – they had won nine consecutive series at KC.

Nine but No More
Twins dominance in KC comes to an end

   Last nine series  This week
 Series W-L  9-0  0-1
 W-L  21-6  0-2
 Runs-Runs Allowed  163-92  9-20