by Jean Gabler | 4/23/09 • My heart is just not in the game today. We had an okay opening week. We then proceeded to lose 3 out of 4 to Toronto. Our one win was an 11th inning victory, with Joe Crede hitting the game-winning double. We followed that series with a sweep of the Angels last weekend, and then we went to Boston for an unusual two-game series. We got rained out on Tuesday night, lost a rain-shortened 7-inning game Wednesday afternoon with a score of 10-1, and then lost last night 7-3. For just today I am ready to put baseball aside—not read the sports page, not watch Baseball Tonight, not try to catch the sports on every news report.
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Our starting pitchers are struggling right now, except for Glen Perkins who has pitched three great games but only has one win to show for his efforts. Joe Nathan has also pitched well but has only had a few save situations so far.
Jesse Crain went on the 15-day disabled list for what has been diagnosed as tendinitis in his shoulder and should be okay after the rest. Phil Humber has been sent down to AAA. We brought up Jose Mijares who pitched great last night and we acquired Juan Morillo from the Rockies; he didn’t look so great in the first game yesterday.
The best game by far has been the great comeback against the Angels capped by the grand slam by Jason Kubel that completed the cycle for him. The Baseball Hall of Fame asked for his batting helmet and his batting gloves for display—this is only the third time in 100 years that a hitter has completed the cycle with a grand slam, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Twins had been down 8-3 and ended up scoring 7 runs in the 8th inning.
On another positive note, Joe Mauer is supposedly doing great and is targeted to return to the team on May 1. I think the fans and the team will all feel better once he is back.
So there you have it. The joy of a comeback, the pleasure of watching a well-played game, the sorrow of watching players struggle, the frustrations of watching a team not execute in one series and then sweep in the next. As I said, it is good that it is a long season and it is good that we get another chance tomorrow, because tomorrow I will be ready to get back to this game that we all love.