...our most recent nightmare of a season is ending. A guy I've never heard of is doing the catching, which should tell you how engaged I've been. Ubaldo faces Scott Diamond. The Indians have won nine in a row and I can't imagine they'll be taking this opportunity to lose, what with that whole Wild Card going on. The Indians fought their way into the field but now might even host the play-in game against the Rays or Rangers. How long has it been since the Central pulled down a Wild Card spot? 2006, maybe? I should probably know this, but I'm not sure.
Anyway, I suppose I'll at least turn this on while keeping an eye on other games. They're the only Twins we have, and this is it for six months.
Thanks for another season, guys. Let's win this one to improve upon last season! If these trends continue, this team could be competitive by 2025.
Kazmir vs. Vreezy. Get excited, folks.
Gardy now two wins shy of 1000. If Cleveland sweeps, the Twins will have lost 20 games this month.
I've watched fewer game this year than any year in the late '90s. I think there is some hope in the offense, but the pitching is pretty much a disaster. A lost year.
No matter what I'm rooting for Kevin over Max. Rooting for a Twins and Indian's win!
Fister (13-9, 3.71 ERA) vs. Diamond (6-11, 5.54 ERA)
I can't tell you how happy I am that Gardy's new favorite player's name is so close to Punto its almost comical. Its a little disappointing his walk-off last night wasn't a dropped third strike in which he slid head first into first to beat the throw (which I presume there would not have been a throw what with the runner from third, in this hypothetical scenario, was coming home), though. Ah well, not everything can be perfect.
So anyway, we're down to the final stretch of another bad season. I had to go to a birthday party for a one year old on Sunday at one of them "adventure" farms. It was not the most pleasant thing to do with my recent surgery, feeling like I was getting kicked lightly in the balls over and over from walking around all day. But, my daughter loved it (goats!), so it was worth the discomfort. The point, however, is that while sitting in the barn where the party was set up, I had no choice but to listen to the Packer game on the radio. (ugh, it was like listening to two Hawk Harrelsons without any of the "cute-ish" catchphrases but all of the awful bitterness and over-seriousness.) It reminded me that I would rather watch the Twins (even though I really can't watch them) during a third straight 90-loss season than ever go back to caring about the Vikings. Blech.
Anywho, on to another attempt to thwart clinching the division at Target Field.
Verlander (13-12, 3.66 ERA) vs. Pelfrey (5-13, 5.34 ERA).
This only ends one way.
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).
I've been going at this all wrong.
All this time, I thought the Twins hated me, a loyal fan. Lately, though, I've been seeing things differently.
* Crisp fall afternoons are great times for walks and the like, so the Twins made sure that their fans were able to go about their business without having to worry about pesky pennant chases, like that attention starved team from Cleveland.
* The Rays selfishly play an 18 inning game, just so that their playoff hopes remain alive, giving their fans insomnia. The Twins know that their fans' sleep is important, so when they start a game late, they make sure they lose quickly, so as to give their fans a chance at an earlier bedtime.
* Weekend afternoons are to be savored, so when the A's send a perfectly serviceable pitcher like Jarrod Parker to the mound, the Twins send Pedro Hernandez, so you know you probably don't even have to start watching. "You've had a long week", the Twins says, "why don't you go play some video games? I'll be fine." Don't mind if I do, Twins... don't mind if I do.
The Twins really do love us, and they're proving it by letting us go.
Ten games left. Two wins needed to surpass last year.