If at the beginning of the series against the Yankees I were to tell you the Twins would take 2 of 4 games in New York, would you have been happy? I think most Twins fans would be elated with that outcome. So, why does our 2 wins and 2 losses performance in New York seem a little disappointing?Most likely it’s because the pitching staff kept letting the Yankees back into the games.
When a visiting team gives their starting pitcher a 4-run lead before he faces a batter, that pitcher sound be able to aggressively go after hitters and breeze through the first few innings of the game. The Twins gave their pitchers 4 run leads going into the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday and Thursday night, and the Yankees were back in the game by the end of the inning.
The loss on Thursday felt like the same old Twins vs Yankees matchup we’ve been enduring for the past 10 years. Most frustrating was their failure to drive in Danny Valencia to tie the game in the 8th inning Thursday night. He led off the inning with a ground rule double and was stranded 90 feet away.
The clear bright spot was Justin Morneau. He had a monster series, hitting 3 HRs and driving in 4 runs. He currently has as many HRs in 2012 as he did in all 69 games he played in last year. It’s been said by many Twins beat writers that Justin Morneau, more than any other Twin, is the key to this season. I couldn't agree more.
Next the Twins travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays. The Rays are 7-6, but have given up more runs than they have scored. Luckily the Twins avoid facing David Price during the series.