Twins take the field tonight, and weekly NFL picks return

Brian Duensing takes the mound tonight trying to extend the Minnesota Twins season. The Twins are down 0-2 in their best-of-5 first-round series to the New York Yankees.

Brian Duensing

Minnesota Twins pitcher Brian Duensing. Associated Press photo

At the very least, I’m sure Twins fans wouldn’t mind seeing the unreal 11-game postseason skid come to an end.

I’m left thinking how even if the Twins win tonight at Yankee Stadium, what are their chances tomorrow with No. 4 starter Nick Blackburn going against Yankees ace CC Sabathia?

I guess that’s the benefit of going with a three-man rotation in the playoffs. Pitch Carl Pavano in Game 1 and on short rest in Game 4, and have Francisco Liriano pitch Game 2 and be on full rest in Game 5. The rationale for flipping Pavano and Liriano is that Pavano is probably better suited to pitch on short rest.

I was out of town for about four days last week and didn’t get around to making my weekly NFL picks. So the record is 8-7 heading into Week 5.

  • Lions by 3 over Rams. Lions
  • Bears by 3 over Panthers. Bears
  • Falcons by 3 over Browns. Falcons
  • Saints by 7 1/2 over Cardinals. Saints
  • Chargers by 5 over Raiders. Chargers