2001: A Twins Oddity
Why the retro pics? Well, the last time the Twins defeated Andy Pettitte, the date was April 30, the year was 2001, Brad Radke pitched a complete game to run his record to 5-0, and Doug Mientkiewicz went 2-3 with a homer to up his average to .380 on the season. Radke is now long since retired and Minty is a 35 year old glove/walk machine. That should tell you all you need to know about today’s lopsided affair.
Basically, Pettitte shut us down once again, and while Liriano pitched well enough to keep us in the game, the bullpen finally imploded under the pressure in the late innings. If old Andy can do this to us, I can only imagine what would have happened had we drew Sabathia in this series (would we even need to play the game?).
When will this miserable streak end?
-Any thoughts as to why Jesse Crain still has a major league job?
Preview (22-14, 1.5 GB DET): Nick Blackburn (3-1, 4.76) vs. Sergio Mitre (0-1, 3.86). Don’t so much care about the Yankee Curse in this one as just scraping out a win before the Tigers catch us again.