2013 Game 155: Twins at A’s

Three or four weeks ago, the Quest for 73-89 was somewhat reasonable and two weeks ago it was merely a hard road. Last week it wasn't looking real good and now it's ridiculous, as the Twins suddenly need to go 8-0 (against contending teams) to pull it off. Even so, they're not going to finish last, as the Hosers are still keeping up with the Twins' wretched pace to make the Thome Game 163 seem like a long, long time ago.

Sonny Gray faces Cole DeVries in a potential clincher (one of three today) for Oakland, although if Texas loses to Kansas City, Oakland will have already clinched by the end of the game. I've been wanting to see important baseball rather than Twins baseball lately, and this gets the job done on both ends, so I guess that's something. Other than that, there's not much left to do besides watch the WGOM Predictions spreadsheet and see how much Cleveland is killing us by pulling ahead of Texas for a Wild Card spot. (Quite a bit. Not one of us picked Boston or Cleveland to go to the playoffs).

42 thoughts on “2013 Game 155: Twins at A’s”

    1. Gardy love him

      Mike Berardino ‏@MikeBerardino
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  1. I'm not saying it's his fault or anything, but why does Anderson wait until DeVries walks the bases full to come out and talk to him? DeVries was clearly struggling with his control after the first two walks. What's Anderson waiting for?

  2. Of course, three-run homers aren't much better. I guess DeVries isn't screwed-up enough to pitch in Oakland, after all.

  3. With eight games to play, the Twins had allowed 91 fewer runs than last year. Make it 85 with a lot of game left here.

  4. This is apparently the 45th anniversary of the time Cesar Tovar played an inning at each position. Too bad he can't come in to pitch today.

  5. Well, I don't want to watch this, and The Billy Hamiltons v. Cutches are blacked out here, so I guess it's ...the Rangers-Royals? Seriously, that's the one with playoff implications?

  6. A double-steal when you're up five runs in a game that no longer means anything anyway? I know, I know, "If you don't like it, throw them out," but to me that still smacks of poor sportsmanship. And yes, I also know that my views on sportsmanship are very old-fashioned.

    1. I think I both agree that it's super lame when teams do stuff like that, but I also think many, many people Mediots take it way too seriously.

    2. its one thing if its a bad team doing it to a good team, but Oakland completely dominated this weekend and had already clinched a playoff spot. double steal there really is poor sportsmanship.

  7. Games like this is where I miss Gordo. In the ninth inning, when a new pitcher came in, he would always solemnly intone, "This is not a save situation."

  8. The Twins lost 90 games in their first season, 1961 and then didn't again until the shocking 102 losses in 1982. Five years later they had won one of the most improbable World Series ever. In 1982, the building blocks of those two World Series were already in Minnesota. Today, we are still a year or two away from seeing our young guys in their first full season. 90 losses, three straight years. 285 losses -- 95 a year -- over the last three. This is the worst three seasons of Twins baseball, ever, folks. Next year doesn't look much better.

    Losses Seasons
    90 1961 *2013*
    91 1986 1993
    92 1983 1998
    93 2000
    94 1997
    96 2012
    97 1999
    99 2011
    102 1982
    1. If nothing else, Minnesota leads the nation I'm wasting the best years of the truly great. (At least in the last 15 years, anyway.)

        1. Certainly a worthy candidate. But man, the Randy Mosses, Kevin Garnetts, Joe Mauers, and Adrian Petersons of the world sure are hard to beat.

          1. At least we haven't wasted an all-timer in hockey.

            The KG thing is especially galling to me. That alone is enough to put them in the lead.

            1. the following players on the NBA's official "50 Greatest Players" list never won a title with their primary franchises or at all in their respective careers (exceptions on the latter condition noted):

              Nate Archibald (Cincy Royals/KC-Omaha Kings) -- he got a ring with the Celtics near the end of his career
              Charles Barkley
              Elgin Baylor
              Dave Bing
              Patrick Ewing
              George Gervin
              Jerry Lucas (Cincy Royals) -- he got a ring with the Knicks late in his career
              Karl Malone
              Pete Maravich
              Oscar Robertson (Cincy Royals) -- he got a ring with the Bucks and Kareem late in his career
              John Stockton
              Nate Thurmond
              Lenny Wilkens

                1. Fair point.

                  Lucas might be a reasonably close comp. He made it to the 2nd round his rookie year (1963-4), but never again out of the first round with Cincy during his prime years (rookie at age-23, traded to the Warriors in his age-29 season, then joined the NYK in his age-31 season).

                  Lucas was a star in Cincy, playing alongside the Big O (in his age-25 season in Lucas's rookie year), Wayne Embry (an All Star 1961-65), and Jack Twyman (a Hall of Fame member, but on the downhill side of his career at age-29 in Lucas's rookie year). But even with a top-5 all-time talent in Robertson, two more HOFers, and a perennial All Star at his peak, the Royals could not get past Boston that year. Nor out of the first round the next five years.

                  1. and the Big O is, talent-wise, perhaps the best comp. Dude was the best player in the world for several years, but never made the finals with the Royals, coming closest in 1962-3 when they lost 4-3 to the Celtics in the Eastern finals (only two rounds to get to the finals in those days).

                    Robertson had 43 points in that game-7 loss (142-131), including 21-22 from the FT line. But Sam Jones had 47 and Tommy Heinson 31 to close the Royals out.

  9. After the game, Gardy said, "@^!% %^# ^#(( (*&# )$ ! %!&# @!# %&!%?"

    "Don't take it so hard," said Andrew Albers. "Lokk at the bright side, eh?"

    "%^# %&*%^@% @*#%? @^!% %^# ^#(("@ %^# G$(%^ @(#*?" said Gardy.

    "There's always a bright side, mate," said Liam Hendriks. "Yout just have to look for it."

    "(*!^< @) @^!% %^# ^#))"@ %^# %$&(#^% @(#% %) ! %!*# )(*# %^(@?" said Gardy.

    "Well," said Caleb Thielbar, "We still have a better winning percentage than the Vikings."

    "$&#* %^# $(*#(&%@!" said Gardy.

    I guess we'll just have to settle for 72-90!

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