Two things to ponder in the middle of a hot streak…
1. It never ceases to amaze me that if Alexi Casilla is playing well (both in the field, at the plate, and on the basepaths), the Twins are almost guaranteed to be winning games. The theory doesn’t hold true in the reverse, as the Twins have played well without Casilla on many occasions the last few years, but I’ve never seen him play well in losing efforts. Don’t ask me why this is, but it seems to be the case.
2. When things are at their most bleak…and I mean the VERY PIT of despair…the Twins always seem to play their best as well. It wasn’t until both Thome and Kubel went down on the same day that the winning streak began. I suppose one could argue that when rock bottom is hit, the ONLY way to go is up, but I’d still like to think that the Twins are a better team WITH Kubel/Thome than without. The same effect was seen after the loss of Morneau in 2009 & 2010.
-A tough loss in Cleveland tonight, but it was a well-contested contest that saw Liriano look solid and the bullpen do a great job. We just ran into the buzzsaw of Carlos Carrasco for a night. The key now is to bounce back and still take the series tomorrow afternoon.
Preview (22-38, 5th, 4.0 GB KCR): Carl Pavano (3-5, 4.83) vs. Justin Masterson (5-4, 3.28)