After winning five in a row to get our hopes up temporarily, the hometown boys have dropped six of their last seven to fall two games behind Cleveland and tied for second place with Chicago. It's not like we don't have a chance to win this division, but considering the quality of play we've seen in the past week there's not much reason for optimism in that regard.
Sonny Gray vs. Nestor Cortes on the mound tonight, so we face a tough lefty in Yankee Stadium late in the season after dropping three games there in two days. Good luck, boys. You're going to need it.
Chris Archer has started 21 games for the Twins this season. In not one of them has he pitched more than five innings. Not one. He'll take the mound again tonight, but if want to see him pitch, try not to blink. Archer squares off with Luis Garcia, who is 10-8 with an ERA just north of four and 127 strikeouts in 124 innings. If momentum is tonight's starting pitcher, advantage Astros, I guess.
The Guardians keep collecting wins while the Twins squander their opportunities and pile up the losses with lackluster defense, baserunning, and an offense that is only days away from an official MIA designation. The main thing that keeps me hanging on is that I love watching Luis Arraez play baseball and feel compelled to watch every plate appearance and track his batting average on a daily basis. So, I have no idea how you turn this team around and get it playing up to its potential again, that's Rocco's job and that's why he makes the big pile of dough. It doesn't strike me as an easy task, though.
I'm starting to feel like May and June were just a mirage and even if this Twins team makes the playoffs it will just be setting up another one and done disappointment. But I'm gloomy and melancholy like that sometimes. I can't say I'm enthused to stay up late and watch a game that starts so close to bedtime, so I'll probably be skipping this one. I probably won't be alone.
With a 7-3 record and a 2.89 ERA and 73 strikeouts, young Joe Ryan takes the mound for the Twins tonight. He's opposed by southpaw Blake Snell (2-5, 4.75 ERA, 71 K). So there you go.
I do declare, I couldn't find a CoC in the kitchen so I made this. Happy Independence Day, citizens.
The baseball gods must have had a good laugh last night. Yeah, real f***ing funny, guys. Yuck it up, you must be so proud of yourselves.
Today the Twins try to shake off the worst loss of the season in a matinee that pits Chris Archer against Shane Bieber. Despite a couple of disappointing losses, and a chance for another before this 5-game set wraps up, the Twins will leave Cleveland with the division lead. And hopefully they can embiggen it today.