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Evil Empire Takes Advantage of Twins' Mistakes

A weekend of sloppy baseball has left the Minnesota Twins making vacation plans instead of game plans. Costly base-running blunders and strikeouts in important plate appearances made supporting solid pitching difficult. Starting pitchers Nick Blackburn and Carl Pavano had a combined ERA of 2.14 between their starts, but couldn't get around big mistakes late. Ron Gardenhire went to his bullpen , who had been very dependable over the past week, after each starting pitcher gave up big homeruns deep into their starts.
Twins fans can't help but feel disappointed after having each game in their grasps only to have it ripped out by the power of the Yankees lineup. But what might be even more disappointing may be the uncommon mistakes made by a club who takes pride in playing baseball in a finely-tuned manner. Base-running mistakes by Carlos Gomez and Nick Punto, two of the Twins' most aggressive runners, took their team out of run-scoring opportunities that may have been the difference between winning or losing the games.
Call it over-excitement, call it trying to ride Cinderella's pumpkin all the way to another win, the Twins' heads weren't in the game as we are used to seeing. Joe Nathan added insult to injury as he overthrew both middle infielders in an attempt to make a pick-off move to second base in Friday's Game 2. Some may say the Twins were over-intimidated by the big stage of Yankee Stadium, others might wonder if new players might be the best answer. For anyone who considers this team anything less than magnificent needs to take a look back to a month ago. No other team had starred that kind of adversity in the face and smiled with that "bring it on" mentality like our Twins had. No other team had one of their best players riding pine injured with a month to go in the season, only to make up 7 games to take the division crown. No these Twins might not be in the World Series a couple weeks from now, but they will still be OUR team. And I couldn't be more proud of OUR team.

- Disco


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