Did the Royals and Twins switch uniforms? Are the Twins taking their All-Star break a week early? What was that display on Wednesday, it sure wasn't the same team that I've been keepint up with the last 3 weeks of June. They looked more like the Twins of April and May. Give me back my Twins!
Okay, let's take a step back. In the grand scheme of things, it's not that bad. Detroit also lost 2 of 3, so the Twins stayed even in that race through the series. The White Sox gained a game, but that can change with today's game against Baltimore. So when looking at a series aspect, the Twins are not in that bad of shape.
However, they missed a grand opportunity, which is something that has plagued them all year long. Detroit lost 2 of 3, but they did so against Oakland, which is a very respectable team. Meanwhile, the Twins were playing KANSAS CITY, a team they should have been able to sweep, or at least 2 of 3. Heck, they had trouble winning the game Santana started. In a situation where the top team is playing a good team, and you're playing a bad one, there should be no qualms that you should gain some ground in that time. The Twins failed to do that, and it's going to cost them.
Momentum is everything. It might have been different if the wins and losses were better aligned, but the fact is that the Twins, before yesterday, had a 9 game deficit, now it's back to 10. That's backward progress. It kills the momentum. Look what happened back in May against the Sox and Tigers. The Twins had their momentum killed by the Sox and lost 4 more games as a result. I just hope they don't get cold with their trip to Texas.
I wanted the Twins to go 7-2 for the last 9 games before the break. Now I'm just hoping they stay above .500. I don't have a good feeling about the next series against Texas. Sure we have Santana and Liriano going, but they can they be as effective, while the offense gets back into their groove? Or are they all going to take vactation early like they did in 2003?
In 2003 they stumbled into the break losing their last 8 games. They were 5 games under .500 and 7.5 back of first. The difference this year is that they are no longer trailing a weak Kansas City team, but very strong Tigers and White Sox teams. They cannot afford to just stay even on a series with KC. Because guess what, in August and September, the Tigers and Sox are going to take their series with KC while we're facing the Yanks and Red Sox.
It's a long road, and June made me a believe again. But the way July is starting off, I'm starting to wonder if everything was just an illusion. Or a flash.