The Twins still had a chance to make some noise this year. All they had to do was put together a good string after the All-Star break. With the expanded wild card system this season, the Twins still had a chance.
You don’t catch anyone’s attention, however, by losing three straight home games to Oakland. I went to the game Sunday and it was a pretty weak attempt to impress the fans. Not only was it a hot afternoon, but the Twins were behind 6-1 in the second inning — I was going to say they were behind 6-1 before most fans were settled, but the top of first inning took about 40 minutes as Twins starter Brian Duensing served up 41 pitches (about half a games worth). Everybody was “painfully” settled.
Oddly enought, the marathon first inning resulted in just two Oakland runs, but Duensing gave up four runs in the top of the second, including three homeruns against the supposedly weak-hitting A’s. My son always talks about the Twins complaining about their inability to hit home runs at Target Field. As he says, “The opponents don’t seem to have any trouble.”
It is now obvious that the Twins will be sellers as we approach the trading deadline. Plenty of names come up in the trade talks (Span, Liriano, Capps, Willingham, Pavano to name a few). I hope, however, that they hang on to Willingham. If they get some decent pitching prospects and get some guys back next year (like Scott Baker), maybe Willingham can help the team score some runs.