Sunday, August 12, 2007

Ding!! Twins are done.

Two Words:


The Minnesota Twins’ most recent slide culminated this afternoon with a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, giving the Halos a three game sweep of the Twins. Today’s loss puts the Twins under .500 for the first time since June 10.

With a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians last Sunday, the Twins inexplicably inched closer to first place in the AL Central. After a brilliant pitching performance by Scott Baker, the Twins found themselves 4 ½ games out of first place.

In the seven games since? A 1-6 record (including three shutouts) with a grand total of 18 runs scored (an average of 2.6 per game). What’s most frightening is they scored 11 times in the one game they won. Take away that contest and you have a club barely averaging a run per game over the past week. Nice way to respond to getting back into post-season contention, eh?

What looked like a manageable 4 ½ game deficit in the division last week now looks like an impossible 7-game climb. When a team with the reigning AL Batting champ (Joe Mauer) and Most Valuable Player (Justin Morneau) has scored the fewest runs of any major league team since the All Star break, it might be time to make those reservations for early-October golf.

Anyone got a fork?


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