If your favorite team loses on Opening Day, like the Twins did last night, it is easy (in the excitement of the moment) to make snap judgements based on the rest of the season. Basically, no one wants to start out 0-1. However, that is the great thing about the sport of baseball. You’re going to lose 60, win 60, and really it’s what you do with the other 42 that make the difference.
Tonight, the Twins had a nice bounce-back from that first-game loss on Monday night.
On the pitching side, Nick Blackburn successfully navigated (despite a Torii Hunter bomb) a very solid Angels lineup and, while not pitching deep into the game, kept the Twins in it and gave them a chance to win.
The offense came from homers by Mauer, Morneau, and newcomer J.J. Hardy on a blustery night in LA. It was nice to see the lefty M&Ms tag a lefty pitcher for dingers.
This Angels club is still the class of the AL West (at least until they are seriously challenged), so getting out with a split would be a pretty successful series to open the year. That would require a win tomorrow night…
Preview (1-1, 3rd, 0.5 GB CWS & DET): Carl Pavano (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (0-0, 0.00 ERA).
-Don’t really like the new road uniforms. Makes the boys look too much like the Washington Nationals, if you ask me.