2009 Minnesota Twins season

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2009 Minnesota Twins
AL Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jim Pohlad
Manager(s) Ron Gardenhire
Local television Fox Sports North
WFTC (My 29)
Dick Bremer, Bert Blyleven
Local radio AM 1500 KSTP
John Gordon, Jack Morris, Kris Atteberry, Dan Gladden
Stats ESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 2009 Minnesota Twins season was the 49th season for the franchise in Minnesota, and the 109th overall in the American League. It was their final season at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome with their new stadium, Target Field, opening in 2010. They ended the regular season as AL Central champions after defeating the Detroit Tigers in a one game tie-breaker.[1] They were then swept in the American League Division Series by the New York Yankees.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 87 76 0.534 49–33 38–43
Detroit Tigers 86 77 0.528 1 51–30 35–47
Chicago White Sox 79 83 0.488 43–38 36–45
Cleveland Indians 65 97 0.401 21½ 35–46 30–51
Kansas City Royals 65 97 0.401 21½ 33–48 32–49


Record vs. opponents[edit]

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 2–16 5–4 2–5 3–5 4–4 2–8 3–2 5–13 1–5 4–5 8–10 5–5 9–9 11–7
Boston 16–2 4–4 7–2 6–1 5–3 4–5 4–2 9–9 5–5 2–4 9–9 2–7 11–7 11–7
Chicago 4–5 4−4 10–8 9–9 9–9 5–4 6−12 3–4 4–5 4–5 6–2 2–4 1–6 12–6
Cleveland 5–2 2–7 8–10 4–14 10–8 2–4 8–10 3–5 2–5 6–4 5–3 1–8 4–4 5–13
Detroit 5–3 1–6 9–9 14–4 9–9 5–4 7–12 1–5 5–4 5–4 5–2 7–2 3–5 10–8
Kansas City 4–4 3–5 9–9 8–10 9–9 1–9 6–12 2–4 2–6 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–3 8–10
Los Angeles 8–2 5–4 4–5 4–2 4–5 9–1 6–4 5–5 12–7 10–9 4–2 8–11 4–4 14–4
Minnesota 2–3 2–4 12–6 10–8 12–7 12–6 4–6 0–7 4–6 5–5 3–3 6–4 3–5 12–6
New York 13–5 9–9 4–3 5–3 5–1 4–2 5–5 7–0 7–2 6–4 11–7 5–4 12–6 10–8
Oakland 5–1 5–5 5–4 5–2 4–5 6–2 7–12 6–4 2–7 5–14 6–4 11–8 3–6 5–13
Seattle 5–4 4–2 5–4 4–6 4–5 4–5 9–10 5–5 4–6 14–5 5–3 8–11 3–4 11–7
Tampa Bay 10–8 9–9 2–6 3–5 2–5 9–1 2–4 3–3 7–11 4–6 3–5 3–6 14–4 13–5
Texas 5–5 7–2 4–2 8–1 2–7 3–3 11–8 4–6 4–5 8–11 11–8 6–3 5–5 9–9
Toronto 9–9 7–11 6–1 4–4 5–3 3–4 4–4 5–3 6–12 6–3 4–3 4–14 5–5 7–11

Through October 5, 2009


Roster[edit]

2009 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

2009 Game Log

Tie-Breaker & Post Season[edit]

Minnesota Twins celebrate division tiebreaker victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The Twins ended the 162-game regular season tied with the Detroit Tigers, necessitating a one-game playoff. This made the Twins the first major league team ever to play in a tie-breaker two years in a row (they lost one to the Chicago White Sox in 2008). The game took place on Tuesday, October 6 at the Metrodome. The Twins won the game, 6-5, in 12 innings on Alexi Casilla's game-winning hit scoring Carlos Gómez.[3]

The Twins went on to face the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series, which they lost in three consecutive games.

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Luis Ayala
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Scott Baker
2
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Nick Blackburn
1
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Brian Buscher
61
136
14
32
3
1
2
12
.235
0
Orlando Cabrera
59
242
42
70
13
3
5
36
.289
2
Alexi Casilla
80
228
25
46
7
3
0
17
.202
11
Jesse Crain
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Joe Crede
90
333
42
75
16
1
15
48
.225
0
Michael Cuddyer
153
588
93
162
34
7
32
94
.276
6
R.A. Dickey
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Carlos Gómez
137
315
51
72
15
5
3
28
.229
14
Matt Guerrier
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Brendan Harris
123
414
44
108
22
1
6
37
.261
0
Sean Henn
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Justin Huber
1
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
.500
0
Bob Keppel
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Jason Kubel
146
514
73
154
35
2
28
103
.300
1
Francisco Liriano
2
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Joe Mauer
138
523
94
191
30
1
28
96
.365
4
José Mijares
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Jose Morales
54
119
14
37
6
0
0
7
.311
0
Justin Morneau
135
508
85
139
31
1
30
100
.274
0
Joe Nathan
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Glen Perkins
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Jason Pridie
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Nick Punto
125
359
56
82
15
1
1
38
.228
16
Mike Redmond
45
135
9
32
5
1
0
7
.237
0
Kevin Slowey
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Denard Span
145
578
97
180
16
10
8
68
.311
23
Anthony Swarzak
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Matt Tolbert
71
198
28
46
7
1
2
19
.232
6
Delmon Young
108
395
50
112
16
2
12
60
.284
2
Totals
163
5599
817
1539
271
40
172
770
.275
85

Postseason[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Orlando Cabrera
3
13
1
2
0
0
0
0
.154
1
Michael Cuddyer
3
14
0
6
0
0
0
1
.429
0
Carlos Gómez
1
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Brendan Harris
3
12
1
3
0
1
0
1
.250
0
Jason Kubel
3
14
0
1
0
0
0
0
.071
0
Joe Mauer
3
12
1
5
1
0
0
1
.417
0
Jose Morales
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
Nick Punto
3
9
0
4
1
0
0
1
.444
0
Denard Span
3
15
1
6
1
0
0
1
.400
1
Matt Tolbert
2
5
0
1
0
0
0
0
.200
0
Delmon Young
3
12
1
1
1
0
0
0
.083
1
Totals
3
113
6
29
4
1
0
5
.257
3

Pitching[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Luis Ayala
1
2
4.18
28
0
0
32.1
18
15
8
21
Scott Baker
15
9
4.37
33
33
0
200.0
99
97
48
162
Nick Blackburn
11
11
4.03
33
33
0
205.2
103
92
41
98
Craig Breslow
1
2
6.28
17
0
0
14.1
11
10
11
11
Jesse Crain
7
4
4.70
56
0
0
51.2
28
27
27
43
R.A. Dickey
1
1
4.62
35
1
0
64.1
34
33
30
42
Brian Duensing
5
2
3.64
24
9
0
84.0
37
34
31
53
Armando Gabino
0
0
17.18
2
1
0
3.2
7
7
5
2
Matt Guerrier
5
1
2.36
79
0
1
76.1
23
20
16
47
Sean Henn
0
3
7.15
14
0
0
11.1
9
9
8
9
Philip Humber
0
0
8.00
8
0
0
9.0
8
8
9
9
Bob Keppel
1
1
4.83
37
0
0
54.0
30
29
21
32
Francisco Liriano
5
13
5.80
29
24
0
136.2
93
88
65
122
Ron Mahay
1
0
2.00
16
0
0
9.0
3
2
3
8
Jeff Manship
1
1
5.68
11
5
0
31.2
21
20
15
21
José Mijares
2
2
2.34
71
0
0
61.2
17
16
23
55
Juan Morillo
0
0
22.50
3
0
0
2.0
5
5
3
1
Kevin Mulvey
0
0
27.00
2
0
0
1.1
4
4
0
0
Joe Nathan
2
2
2.10
70
0
47
68.2
16
16
22
89
Carl Pavano
5
4
4.64
12
12
0
73.2
39
38
16
59
Glen Perkins
6
7
5.89
18
17
0
96.1
64
63
23
45
Jon Rauch
5
1
1.72
17
0
0
15.2
3
3
6
14
Kevin Slowey
10
3
4.86
16
16
0
90.2
50
49
15
75
Anthony Swarzak
3
7
6.25
12
12
0
59.0
43
41
20
34
Totals
87
76
4.50
163
163
48
1453.0
765
726
466
1052

Postseason[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Nick Blackburn
0
0
1.59
1
1
0
5.2
1
1
2
3
Brian Duensing
0
1
9.64
1
1
0
4.2
5
5
1
3
Matt Guerrier
0
0
0.00
2
0
0
2.0
0
0
0
2
Francisco Liriano
0
0
4.50
1
0
0
2.0
2
1
1
1
Ron Mahay
0
0
5.40
3
0
0
1.2
1
1
1
2
José Mijares
0
1
13.50
2
0
0
0.2
1
1
1
0
Joe Nathan
0
0
9.00
2
0
0
2.0
2
2
1
2
Carl Pavano
0
1
2.57
1
1
0
7.0
2
2
0
9
Jon Rauch
0
0
6.75
3
0
0
1.1
1
1
2
0
Totals
0
3
4.67
3
3
0
27.0
15
14
9
22


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Stan Cliburn
AA New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League Tom Nieto
A Fort Myers Miracle Florida State League Jeff Smith
A Beloit Snappers Midwest League Nelson Prada
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Ray Smith
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Jake Mauer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zinser, Lynn (October 6, 2009). "Twins Celebrate While They Can". New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ Kepner, Tyler (October 11, 2009). "Yankees Sweep Twins to Advance to A.L.C.S.". New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ Twins complete comeback, 6-5 over Tigers in 12th