The Minnesota Twins have had an abysmal ten game stretch, losing their fourth straight game on Wednesday. Any Minnesota Twins fan, or any baseball, that tuned into that Twins game against the Oakland A’s knew they were watching sloppy baseball throughout the entirety of the game, with the worst coming in the final inning.
The inning cost the Twins the game, despite the fact that they were leading 12-10 going into the bottom of the tenth. Most of the consequence came from decisions made by manager Rocco Baldelli, who had a really tough game.
Moves like pulling Josh Donaldson in the top of the tenth for a pinch runner in Travis Blankenhorn, leaving reliever Alexander Colomé after an exhaustive performance in the bottom of the ninth, and moving Arraez to third (as a result of the Donaldson move).
This devastating loss has put the Minnesota Twins at an overall record of 6-11 in their first 17 games. Even worse than that, the Twins are on a terrible 1-9 stretch since their explosive victory against the Seattle Mariners for the Target Field home opener on April 8.
Many Minnesota Twins fans are ready to panic after the last Twins game on Wednesday, but the panic button shouldn’t be hit quite yet. Yes, even the best of teams have their cold streaks and can still make the postseason. Hopefully the Twins are getting their worst ten game stretch out of the way early in the year so the summer can become more enjoyable.
The upcoming series against the Pirates could determine if it’s time to panic for Minnesota Twins Fans.
This raises the question. If now is not the time to panic as a Minnesota Twins fan, when is? That time may come with the upcoming series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Currently, the Pirates are not the worst team in all of baseball (The Rockies are, with a record of 6-12), but Pirates have were projected by many to be one of, if not, the worst team in all of MLB for the 2021 season.
Despite a surprisingly decent start for 2021 with a 9-10 record heading into their series against the Minnesota Twins this weekend. With the Minnesota Twins still being the better team on paper, it is essential the Twins win this series, if not sweep the Pirates. If the Twins only walk away with one victory this weekend. Then Twins fans, it is time to panic.