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Keeping the Faith

Posted on: August 24, 2009 6:29 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2009 11:42 pm

Keeping the faith.

By: Christopher Torola

The Twins are only 4 1/2 games out and have plenty of games left to play. That being said, you will have to excuse my morose attitude towards the team last week. 5 straight losing series is a tough pill to swallow. Luckily, all it took was a road split against a good Rangers team, and a road sweep against a bad Royals team to turn my attitude right back around.

Head into this week the Twins start a 9 game home stand that includes games against the Orioles, Rangers, and White Sox. All are winnable games if the Twins' pitching can find a way to stop giving up so many runs. Since the teams last break, they gave allowed almost 6 runs a game (5.9). To put that into prospective, MLB's worst team, The Washing Nationals, has given up 5.1 runs a game in the same amount of games. That is almost a run a games less then the Twins pitching staff.

I do believe that both the bull pen and the rotation are just going through a slump. They won't become world beaters this season by any means, but they are not as bad as the have been playing in the last few weeks. And while the pitching has been struggling, the BATS of the Twins have continued to mash. Joe Mauer is on his way to hitting over 30 home runs and 100 RBIs while maintaining a batting average around .375. If anyone else were to win the MVP it would be a travesty. Delmon Young has even hit 5 home runs in the last 3 weeks.

So here is to keeping the faith that the Twins hot hitting can continue to carry the team while the bull pen and rotation can attempt to right the ship.


Category: MLB

Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2009 3:33 pm

Keeping the Faith

4.5 games back in August, with a 5-game win streak going... that's what I call contention.

The 2009 Twins are the real deal.  Regardless of how many no-name pitchers are getting starts.

With as solid a lineup as the Twins have, and the unpredictability of pitchers, the AL Central is a three-way toss-up.

Plus, even if they don't make the playoffs, they're fun to follow -- Mauer is freaking sick!  And Baker is one of the most talented pitchers out there.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2009 3:44 pm

Keeping the Faith

I guess I have to agree that the Twins do have a shot at coming back and winning the division. This is due to tha fact that most of the games they have left are within their division which without a doubt is the worst in the majors. First thing they have going is the fact that the Sox and Tigers going east and having to play quality teams while we get to plag bottom feeders like the Orioles and Royals. I haven't watched any of those games but the Tigers must be doing OK since we can't seem to catch them and it will make us or break us with all the games we have left to play against them. I do think the Tigers have a better ballclub then we do and if we by some odd chance win the division it will be one and out as it should be because the Twins are not the quality of team which should be in the playoffs........

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2009 1:19 pm

Keeping the Faith

Well put.   Its amazing what type of numbers are put up for the batting side, and they don't even have a strong bottom of the lineup.  Pitching will come around too, hopefully not to late.  Think it was two years ago when, they were back about 12-15 games and everyone seemed to through the towel in.  They went on a tear and hopefully can do it agian, with a better lineup.

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