The Twins season ended last night in a 1-0 game against our biggest rival, the Chicago White Sox. It was a game that the Twins couldn't win. Neither team could get a hit, Chicago had 5, Twins 2, as both pitchers were phenomenal last night. The game came down to two plays, a play at the plate where A.J. tagged out Cuddyer to end the inning, and a one run blast from Jim Thome. It is games like this that highlight the Twins inability to hit home runs. We can generate 5-6 runs hitting singles and doubles, but when you can't get the bat on the ball, you have to be able to bring everyone home on one mistake, even if everyone is just you. It was a great game though, and I have to give credit to the Sox, they didn't let the sweep by us ruin their season, instead they went out and won three huge games in a row to make it to the playoffs.
I wanted to write a post about the season but the more I think about it the more I don't know what to write. It was a great season, the team exceeded expectation to such a high level it was incredible. Our new guys, Gomez, Span, and Casilla, are so much fun to watch, and our stars are some of the best in the game both on and off the field.
Instead, today I'm left feeling cheated by the organization. We were not expected to do anything this year. Instead we overachieved, played insanly good baseball, and did it in the perfect year. With the Tigers and the Indians down and the Sox injury riddled the majority of the year, this was the perfect opportunity to make the playoffs and make some noise. You saw this coming at the All-Star break and you could also tell that they could really use just one more piece.
Offensively, bringing in a bat at third base would have been nice, but where we really needed help was our bullpen. It wasn't deep enough to hold up once Neshek went down. It cost us the division. With a solid bullpen we would have most likely won at least 6 more games in the regular season, and Sox wouldn't have had a chance to win it all in a play in game. Instead the organization sat on their hands, did nothing at the deadline, and brought in aging everyday Eddy Guardaudo 2/3 of the way through. It wasn't enough and they cheated the fans and their players out of an opportunity to see what this team could do in the playoffs.
I'm not going to rant anymore this post, like I said this was a great season and this team is possibly my favorite team in any sport ever. I hope they re-sign Punto in the offseason, and hope they can bringing in a nice 20-25 homerun guy for third base. Shoring up the bullpen has to be the priority though, as offensivly we did have the 3rd highest scoring team in the league this year. I'll be cheering for them next year and hope we can have a season as magical as this one.