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.