Magic Number: 2 (Get 'em, Nate)

Nate Robertson takes the mound against the evil astroturf loving Twins of Minnesota and can clinch the division for our Tigers with a win. Are you expecting some sort of smart-alec comment here? You will get none from me. Nate will earn his cash today. I can feel it. Either that...or I may have a tumor growing in my brain. Look at the Twins career numbers against Our Hero.

Nate Robertson (2-2, 5.56 ERA, 1.79 WHIP in '09) vs. the Twins

Denard Span: 1-8
Orlando Cabrera: 21 AB, .429, 0, 4
Joe Mauer: 38 AB, .289, 1, 6
Michael Cuddyer: 49 AB, .204, 3, 9
Delmon Young: 16 AB, .188, 0, 0
Jason Kubel: 0-13!!!
Mike Redmond: 20 AB, .300, 0, 5
Alexi Casilla: 18 AB, .222, 1, 3
Nick Punto: 26 AB, .308, 0, 3
Matt Tolbert: 2-4

Justin Morneau is dead. He has 4 career homers against Sir Nate and will not be a factor. Nate can take these pricks. On the other side of the coin?

Scott Baker (14-9, 4.48 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in '09) vs. the Tigers

Curtis Granderson: 43 AB, .233, 4, 6
Placido Polanco: 33 AB, .212, 0, 3
Magglio Ordonez: 36 AB, .444(!), 2, 6
Miguel Cabrera: 16 AB, .250, 1, 4
Aubrey Huff: 2-8
Carlos Guillen: 25 AB, .440(!), 1, 3
Brandon Inge: 31 AB, .194, 0, 3
Gerald Laird: 1-3 1 RBI
Adam Everett: 1-2
Ramon Santiago: 6-12, 2 RBI (go, Ramon!)
Marcus Thames: 24 AB,.292, 4, 6
Clete Thomas: 1-9, 2 RBIs

Our guys have seen a lot of Baker and a few of them drill him. Keep Huff and Everett out tomorrow and get Marcus and Ramon in there. Don't pull Magglio in the 6th inning (damn you, Marlboro Man) and let the guy keep hitting. Take this from the despised Twinkies and coast against Chicago.

Pitch EJax on Friday, Figaro on Saturday, and keep Verlander as far away from a mound on Sunday as you can. Let Bondo pitch...or Armando. Is he still alive? Let Dusty Ryan catch 2/3 games and rest poor Gerald Laird. Then, we're actually set up for the Yankees in the playoffs with JV, Dreamboat Rick, and EJax as the 1-2-3 punch.

I'm excited about playoff baseball. Get us there, Nate.

I think I just threw up in my mouth...