What makes baseball great is that 161 times a season there is another game to play. A new day to extend a streak or, in the Twins case, get over a tough loss.
And Monday's 8-7, 10-inning loss to the Yankees was one of the tougher ones of the season. The Twins fought with the Yankees until an unbelievable error by Eduardo Nunez allowed the winning run to score.
(I know it was recorded as a groundout, but there were mistakes made on the play).
Now the Twins have to face nemesis CC Sabathia, who is 4-9 with a 5.23 ERA but actually has posted a 2.25 ERA over his last two starts. Sabathia has tried to learn how to win with less, as his fastball is averaging 90.0 mph when it once pushed 95.
Sabathia will take the mound after making the TMZ blotter over the weekend when he was filmed screaming at people outside a Toronto bar early Saturday morning.
``It’s tough, because I have a 12-year-old now and he has a cell phone and you know, he’ll see this and I’ve got to explain it to him,” Sabathia said on Monday. “That’s the toughest part.”
Both the Twins and Sabathia have things to shake off tonight.
The Twins scored five runs off Sabathia on July 25 at Target Field, but the big man is still 10-2 with a 2.30 against them since 2007. The Twins are averaging 5.3 runs a game over their last six games, but have been awful on the road all season, batting .224. Which trend will continue tnnight?