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Blown leads

Posted by mikelink45 , 10 August 2019 · 852 views

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Blown leads 11 1/2 game lead is huge, losing it by August 10 is terrifying. True, we have time left and Cruz will come back and maybe Buxton too. Jack Cave might be replaced by someone who can do better in MLB from our minor leagues and maybe we will strike gold with one or two pitchers as we allow the entire minor league system to audition for us this year, but still 11.5 games! That is a lead worthy of 7 percent of the season.

So come on Twins. Beat the bad teams. I think most have given up on beat the good teams and get into the playoffs where, I am sorry to say, you will only be playing good teams.
  • Do you remember the 1969 Cubs 4.5 games up going into September and then winning just 1/3rd of their games to finish 8 behind the miracle Mets? I know NY had a great year, but poor Chicago. By the way they had 4 players on that team go to the HOF.
  • Or our old manager Gene Mauch and his 1964 team? They led by 6 1/2 games with 12 to play. They had Dick Allen and HOF Jim Bunning. They lost 10 Straight and St Louis went to the series! That hurts.
  • Tied for the lead on the last day of the season the 2007 Mets blew the pennant and the Phillies won. The Mets had Pedro and Glavine in their rotation but went 1 - 6 to finish the season. Then in 2008 they fired their manager part way through the year and had a 3 1/2 game lead with 17 games to go. But losing 10 of 17 is not the way to the World Series.
  • The 1951 Dodgers had one of the saddest losses - the NY Giants steam rolled right over them with a 37 - 7 ending to the season to tie and a playoff with the home run heard around the world and still being played every year. The Dodgers had been up 13.5 on August 11! Yes that is tomorrow. And then they went to the playoff game - one game to decide and lead 4 - 1 going into the ninth. Ralph Branca - not a bad pitcher - against Dale Long - not a great hitter - and a three run home run destroyed the Dodger's year.
  • Lets enjoy 2009, the year the Tigers led by 7 games on September 6 over the MINNESOTA TWINS. We won 10 of 11 and Alexi Casilla put us in the playoffs!
  • In 1978 the Red Sox led by 9 over the Brewers and 14 over the Yankees on July 19th. The Yankees went 52 - 21 and into a playoff. Anyone heard of Bucky Dent? Well the Red Sox fans will never forget him as he ripped the hearts out the Boston team.
  • 2011 the Red Sox again were leading by 9 games over the Rays on September 1 and then played a 7 - 20 final month and lost the pennant to Tampa Bay.
  • 1995 the Angels, who have been a playoff deprived team, led by a familiar 11.5 on August 9 and then the wheels fell off. going 12 - 27 and were put out of the misery by Randy Johnson in a one-game playoff. 1998 they had a 3 1/2-game lead in the division with 19 to play and lost 13 of their last 19.
  • In 1987 the Blue Jays held a 3.5 game lead with 7 to go and could not win another game. The Tigers went to the playoffs. Where they would face the Twins.
  • 2003 the Mariners had the best record in baseball, but (does this sound familiar?) they played just under 500 ball for the rest of the season and took the off season off.
  • The 2010 Padres had a last half season collapse and after having just one three-game losing streak all season, the Padres proceeded to drop 10 straight. (Sounds too close to home). With a 6 1/2 game lead on August 25 they came the closest that the poor team could come to Post Season and watched Arizona go to the series.
There are more where these came from. Painful I know but that is baseball. Let's go Twins - this is a list I do not want you to be on.

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The evils of team construction. You SHOULDN'T have anyone on the major league rister that you don't feel comfortable playing. The Twins have been unique in 2019 that EVERY player on the offense side brings soemthing to the game. 

 

They also have ahd a rotation which ahs started, like, 97% of all games with just five different hurlers.

 

But the bullpen has been a mish-msh. You are being competitive. Every game does count. If you can trust to throw an arm out there for one batter, one out or one inning, why are they in the bullpen, period. And if you HAD the ability to go out and get someone that wasn't replacement level, or prospect possibility, why didn't you do it...be it as a rental or longer term. You can't keep ALL 150+ players in your minor league system forever.

 

Every game here on out is playing for the post season. Not just getting us to the 7th, giving so-and-so a rest, but playing hard. Cleveland did this against the Twins...totally prepared starters, a hungry offense which worked the counts as much as possible, and a manager who would switch out an arm at a moment's notice. Sure, no one is perect. Their closer took a hit (but got the win) just like ours took a big hit. No one IS perfect.

 

August 11th. A packed house. Excited when the game was tied in the 9th and the Twins even took a chance to steal the game trying to tempt fate with a throw home. Never ever have seen such a jubilant crowd that got sickened so fast. Hurt. Big Hurt.

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Well, as far as blown leads 2006 was pretty memorable. Twins were down 12.5 at one point and were down 10.5 on August 7th. Came back to win the division title on the last day of the season. Helped by the Tigers losing 5 in a row including 3 in a row to the 100 loss Royals at home to end the season.Just to show how quickly things can change in a week, the Twins were favored by many to win it all that year and the choking Tigers weren't given much chance as the wild card. Twins got swept and the Tigers smoked the Yankees, swept the A's that had just swept the Twins and then fittingly lost to the 83 win Cardinals in the WS.

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Well, as far as blown leads 2006 was pretty memorable. Twins were down 12.5 at one point and were down 10.5 on August 7th. Came back to win the division title on the last day of the season. Helped by the Tigers losing 5 in a row including 3 in a row to the 100 loss Royals at home to end the season.Just to show how quickly things can change in a week, the Twins were favored by many to win it all that year and the choking Tigers weren't given much chance as the wild card. Twins got swept and the Tigers smoked the Yankees, swept the A's that had just swept the Twins and then fittingly lost to the 83 win Cardinals in the WS.

Good catch, I intended to include that and missed.Glad you posted.

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Hosken Bombo Disco
Aug 13 2019 02:20 PM
Colorado Rockies run in 2007 was big, too

That wasn’t really a blown lead, but more like a team playing their way in to the postseason. They went to the WS but lost