...they pull me back in.
George Costanza could have been talking about the Twins right now. Following their embarrassing 20-6 loss to the Rangers, the Twins dropped 7 games back of the Tigers, and still also trailed the White Sox and Indians in the Central division. This was it: the Twins' postseason chances were squelched. They had 3 more games on the road against the scorching hot Rangers, winners of 15 of 18 including their drubbing of Minnesota; they ranked second-to-last in the American League in expected win-loss, at 42-60; and, again, they were already 7 games out and in fourth place in the division.
But what did they do? They picked up the pieces and they came out firing. They took a 3-0 lead against the Rangers in the second game of the series. Then they went down 7-3 and still trailed 8-7 in the ninth inning. Thanks to pinch-hit doubles by both Jim Thome and Joe Mauer, the Twins prevailed 9-8. Then they came out and easily won the third game behind a strong start from Brian Duensing and Mauer's first home run of the season.
They only picked up one game on the Tigers since Monday. They remain the second-worst team in the AL in terms of expected win-loss. They still have to pass three different teams to reach the playoffs. But I'm back in. It's amazing what can happen in 48 hours.
Gleeman and The Geek #337: Wild Card Postgame Show
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