Posted at 10:14 PM on May 9, 2006
by Josh Lee
This is how easily I'm spoiled: When the Twins went down in the 5th inning of their 15-5 win over the Rangers, I actually thought to myself, "two straight innings without a run? What's wrong with these guys?" In a desert of bad offensive showings, all it takes is an occasional drink from the well of good at-bats to make me forget about all those 6-1 losses, especially since I have a habit of missing these happy outbursts.
Just to make sure that I didn't feel too good about this game, though, the Twins committed two errors, both of the stinkiest variety: the misplayed grounder. The Twins still lead the majors with the fewest errors committed, but that's really just evidence that errors are an overrated stat, and that Minnesota's reputation as a strong defensive club is mostly maintained through inertia.
Also: I'm sure I'm jinxing it, but Rondell White is riding a seven-game hitting streak, and can almost see the Mendoza Line out on the horizon.
Cuddy Bear is really knocking the ball around! It seems like everything he's swinging at is going for a double. Love it.
All it takes to forget that the Twins are battling the Royals for last place in the AL Central is one good game? I'd like to see some consistency in hitting and pitching (are those important in baseball?) before I'll forget. A 15-5 win, especially over the powerful Rangers is great--just remember that the majority of the time the opposing team scores 5 runs or more, the Twins lose. Granted, a lot can happen between April and October--but this year it just won't. The only superstar is Santana (agreed: Torii Hunter is overrated), and without an offense to back him up, he's handcuffed.
I think the 15-5 win over the Rangers may be the exception that proves the rule: the Twins suck. Don't get me wrong, I love watching them, but then again, I love baseball. And right now, they're looking more like the Royals (lots of 6-1 or 6-2 losses and an occaisional blowout) than the White Sox (consistency in every department) right now.
The White Sox are World Champs...the Twins were hardly a contender last year. Comparisons seem a little silly. It's unfortunate we couldn't improve to the point that we were as "consistent" as they are now...but that's baseball. Thirty teams, only one can win.
While I concur that Torii may be overrated...he doesn't suck, so I don't get all the bashing (although I agree he sure isn't worth 12 million). And by the way...the Crads are great until they get to World Series. Then they make sure the rest of the world wonders how they got there. Love the new park though.
Of course you're right about the difference between the White Sox and the Twins, but we want them to be competitive, right?
The new park in St. Louis is very nice--visited it and finally saw Citizen's Bank Park in Phildelphia so far this year. Between those two, PNC, and Petco, I'm hoping enough ballpark karma will rub off on our new park that we finally have a place to enjoy the game like it should be enjoyed. Actually, anything that's not the dome would be cool with me.
I don't take much stock in how a team does in the playoffs as far as if a team is great or not. It's just a short series. The 1995 Indians had the third best record in the history of modern baseball, and I'd take them any day of the week over any team the past sixty years. The fact that they didn't beat the Braves doesn't mean jack to me.
Same for the Cardinals. I'll take last year's team every day over every other team from last year, including the White Sox.