Remember what I said the other day about baseball breaking your heart? No sooner did the Twins rally to complete a dramatic sweep of the White Sox--putting them in first place with a chance to do no worse than tie for division lead if they were able to win out--than their offense goes dormant and they drop their first two games of a three game season-ending set against the Royals. Today's loss was especially tough as the Twins--trailing by two in the bottom of the ninth--had runners at first and second with no out and Mauer and Morneau coming up. A double-play and fly-out later and the game was over. That one hurt.
The only thing keeping Twins fans from complete despair is that the White Sox have been gracious enough to choke like dogs too. They now have dropped the first two games of their home series against the Tribe meaning the Twins haven't lost any ground in the last two days. Now, it all comes down to tomorrow. If the Twins win and the Sox lose, the Twins win the division outright. If both teams win, the Sox will play a make-up game against Detroit on Monday. If they win that, the Twins and Sox will have a one game playoff on Tuesday at Chicago. If the Twins lose and the Sox win on Sunday, the Sox will still need to beat Detroit on Monday to avoid the Tuesday playoff. Got that?
All I know is that I'm glad that we're close to resolution. My ol' heart can't take much more of this.