Well, that stunk.
Give the Twins credit. They may not win very much, but they do keep coming up with new ways to lose. You'd have thought that when you get a 5-0 lead in the first inning, you'd win the game. Not so, not with this club, anyway. The Twins did nothing on offense after the first inning, getting only four hits (two of them infield hits). Meanwhile, Cleveland gradually got back into the game. Kyle Gibson couldn't stop them, and Brian Duensing was unable to get the job done in relief.
Oswaldo Arcia hit his thirteenth homer last night. His OPS is .749, which isn't bad at all, especially for a twenty-three-year-old. I mean, it's not Mike Trout territory, but I don't think anyone was expecting him to be Mike Trout. As was pointed out in the game log, he now has about 600 at-bats with an OPS+ of 103. At his age, that's pretty good.
And yet, I think most people view his season as a disappointment. The thing is that his numbers, while decent, are not particularly better than last year. They're slightly better, but not significantly so. He still looks like he belongs in the big leagues, but he hasn't taken a step forward the way many hoped he would. So the question is, will he take that step forward in the future? Or is this as good as Arcia is ever going to be?
I have no idea. He's certainly young enough to improve. The Twins clearly believe in him, and I think we need to give them some credit here. I've been critical of their refusal to stick by young players sometimes, but they've stuck by Arcia. It would've been easy to point to his batting average and his strikeouts and his sometimes wild swings and start putting a mediocre veteran in right field. They haven't done that. When Arcia's been healthy, he's played.
And given who the Twins are, that makes sense. After all, it's not like he's gone backward. He just hasn't moved significantly forward. But it makes sense to give him a good long chance to see what he can become. The Twins seem to be doing that, and I think they deserve some credit for it.
So tonight we get to see Ricky Nolasco, who to put it bluntly, has been awful this year. Based on his last performance, the time on the DL did not particularly help. But in baseball, hope springs eternal. As we've seen, even a bad pitcher can have a good game once in a while. Maybe tonight will be Nolasco's night. There's only thirty-eight games left, so it's time to start that season-ending winning streak! We'll just have to settle for 93-69!