Thursday, July 28, 2011

Every time I think I'm out...

...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.

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