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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 6/1/2021, 6:05 PM EDT


Going Streaking!

After Monday’s 3-2 overtime win, the Twins extended their win streak against the Orioles to 16 games and, one might say, began a new win streak of their own (currently at 1 game). Win streaks all start with that first game, right? 

The Twins had that long sustained streak of winning back in 2006 (yeah we know, 2006 is the only straw we have left to grasp at this point in 2021). 

On Sunday, June 11, 2006, the Twins beat Baltimore 4-0 to bring their record to 28-34 and trailed Detroit by 11.5 games. Starting from that date forward, the Twins went on quite a run, winning 15 of their last 16 games in June, putting their record at 43-35, eight games above .500, and trailing in the standings by only… 11.0 games.

Imagine going 15-1 and only making up a half game.

According to this CBSSports article, the Twins also trailed in the standings by 9.5 games on August 1st, 2006. What I don’t understand is why the writer didn’t go one day further, and point out that the Twins trailed by 10.5 games on August 2nd...   (Pro Tip: Be a wise information consumer and buy local).

Oh by the way, Baltimore is streaking as well: they have now lost 14 in a row. Back in 1988, when Baltimore opened the season 0-21 with a 21 game losing streak, it was the Twins who handed them losses 19, 20, 21. Talk about pressure on the Twins to win those games? 

Five things to watch out for in the game tonight:

  1. Swinging at balls out of the strike zone
  2. Opposing runners getting too big of leads from their bases
  3. Extra innings
  4. Streaking!
  5. Where the opposing fielders are lined up 

At what point, and how many games back, can we say that a team is truly out of contention? Is there a magic number on a magic date? Sure, we can say “they’re out of it” as a way to express disappointment or lower expectations or commiserate with fellow fans, but at this point, are the Twins really out of it? 

If, give or take, the Twins are 6.0 games back on August 1st (2006, 2017) or even 6.0 back on September 1st (2006, 2009), if that is attainable, then shouldn’t 9.0 games back on July 1st be attainable as well? Or what about 12.0 games back on June 1st? 

Anything wrong with finding out? 

Lineups:

MINNESOTA TWINS
 
 
1. Kyle Garlick (R) LF
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
3. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
4. Mitch Garver (R) C
5. Alex Kirilloff (L) RF
6. Jorge Polanco (S) 2B
7. Miguel Sano (R) 1B
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) CF
9. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
 
BALTIMORE ORIOLES
 
 
1. Cedric Mullins (L) CF
2. Trey Mancini (R) DH
3. Anthony Santander (S) RF
4. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
5. DJ Stewart (L) LF
6. Ryan Mountcastle (R) 1B
7. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
8. Stevie Wilkerson (S) 2B
9. Pedro Severino (R) C
 
Gametime Temp: 73°F
Chance of Precip: 0%
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Refsnyder is scratched and Astudillo is in for him in RF, with Garlick moving to CF and Kirilloff in LF thus qualifying this group as a strong candidate for worst outfield defense of the season.   Hope for a lot of Strikeouts and groundouts with some pop-ups mixed in.   

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Against a garbage-throwing lefty Twins go strikeout, strikeout, walk, foul pop-out to start the game.

Not one ball put in play. Unwatchable.

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1 minute ago, lecroy24fan said:

To be fair Pineda had been standing around for a few minutes.

To be fair? I have no idea what that even means. Pitchers stand around even when they are pitching.

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4 minutes ago, Danchat said:

Holy crap, Garlick in CF and Astudillo in RF? 😆

Cats and dogs living together too. Mass hysteria.  Expect a disaster of Biblical proportion.

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2 minutes ago, sampleSizeOfOne said:

On my phone display, the K starts a new line.

I'll have to remember to use 48-pt instead of 72.

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