Game Recap #48: Minnie & Paul, 2, Cordell Walkers 7

What does the future hold?

About the present game there is not much to say.  Texas capitalized on opportunities and Minnesota didn't.  It was nice to see some hits out of the bottom of the order, but not so nice to see the top of the order produce next to nothing.  Kevin Correia did about what we can expect Kevin Correia to do--not great, not awful.  Jared Burton got hit around, but it was the first time that's happened to him in quite a while, and if it has to happen it might as well have happened here.

The thing is, the Twins have lost four straight now.  They've dropped two games under .500.  So the question is, is this the collapse we've all expected/dreaded?  Or is this merely a bump in the road, one from which the Twins will recover?

As Niels Bohr once said, prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.  At the start of the season, none of us expected the Twins to be even a .500 team.  But they did it for almost two months, and they may yet (who knows?) get back there before the calendar turns to June.  And if you can play .500 ball for two months, well, maybe you can do it for two more, and then two more, and have a .500 season.

So, WGOMers, how are we feeling?  Is this merely a bump in the road?  Or is it the beginning of the end?  What do you think?

You know what I think.  I think this was the last game we'll lose all season.  We're about to go on an epic one hundred fourteen-game winning streak.  And we've got just the man to get us started on the mound tonight, Phil Hughes.  The Rangers, on the other hand, will be throwing some stumblebum named Yu Darvish.  Sounds like a win to me!  We'll just have to settle for 137-25!

9 thoughts on “Game Recap #48: Minnie & Paul, 2, Cordell Walkers 7”

    1. This is what my fear is, but this team feels different than that. A bit of an offensive funk, yes, but offensive funks can be gotten out of in a way that, say, having Mike Pelfrey as your #2 starter can't be.

      1. Our offense does well against average and mediocre pitching, especially when they take a disciplined plate approach as a team. Against real good starting pitching, we still don't have enough consistently good hitters in the lineup to mount multiple rally innings per game. Still, I don't see this as the beginning of the end. There is more than enough average and mediocre pitching in MLB to keep this team tap dancing around .500 through the All-Star Break, at least. That's assuming our starting pitching doesn't completely disintegrate.

  1. Not the end, but nothing so insignificant as a "bump" in the road either ... perhaps something more akin to a mid-March Minnesota Pothole. You'll get through it, but not without a significant jarring.

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