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Minnesota Twins Head North of Border for Final Series of Year

October 1st, 2012 at 9:29 AM
By Michael Rath

The Minnesota Twins will wrap up their 2012 campaign by heading north to play the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre for three games.  The Twins hosted a four game set with the Jays earlier in the season and split it 2-2. 

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Both of these teams are near the bottom of the American League and are just looking to end the 2012 season.  Things have not gone well especially for the Twins against teams in the AL East as they are 11-20 this year.  This is a pretty dismal number, but it makes perfect sense for a team that is having a second straight pathetic season.

Tonight's game will be a match up between Esmerling Vasquez and Aaron Laffey.  Vasquez has pitched much better as of late, but has still been unable to capture that first win.  Laffey has pitched a lot against the Twins as he used to play for the Cleveland Indians and is 5-2 in his career against them with a 4.57 ERA.

Tomorrow, the Jays are sending out Carlos Villanueva to face a pitcher to be named.  Villanueva has not pitched well in his last three starts as he is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA in 14 innings pitched.  Whoever the Twins decide to send out just needs to pitch a quality game.

What better way to finish the season than to put your ace in Scott Diamond on the mound to face Brandon Morrow.  Diamond has pitched once against the Jays and went seven shut out innings to record the victory.  Morrow has pitched 10.1 innings and is 1-1 with a 6.10 ERA against the Twins.  If Diamond continues to pitch well, he could end the season with 13 wins.

The Twins tend to struggle against the Jays, so there is no telling how they will perform.  They have struggled in general as of late, so who knows what will happen.  Hopefully Joe Mauer has a strong series, recording many hits and finishes the series with the best batting average in the AL.  They could get swept, but if Mauer has the best batting average, that's all that matters.

Tags: American League, Baseball, cleveland indians, Esmerling Vasquez, Joe Mauer, Minnesota, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Scott Diamond

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