Road-weary Twins stomp White Sox, return home
The Road has proven bleak.
Despite replacing expletives with excess in yesterday's historic 20-1 stomping of the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, the Twins return home tied with the worst Away record in baseball at 5-14. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak away from the Dome, a stretch of baseball that made Cormac McCarthy's version of "The Road" look like a frikcing "Saved by the Bell" episode.
In addition to putting up a crazy 20-spot against our hated rival, the day was made doubly-sweet when 2007 N.L. Cy winner Jake Peavy rebuffed a trade that would have shipped him to the South Side.
With tough Milwaukee and Boston coming to town before an ensuing trip to simmering Tampa Bay, the Twins have already achieved at least a win-total tie for their worst March-May start in the Gardy era, dating back to '02. Of course, in that season, the boys began 8-19 on the road before going 37-15 en masse through June and July and ultimately winning the Central by a game over the Tigers.
Further review of the Away numbers finds four of our five starters with higher ERA's on the road than at home, and the Twins' entire staff with the 11th ranked road ERA (5.30) in the A.L. Of course, the staff's home ERA of 5.03 doesn't shine much brighter.
Offensively, of all Twin batsmen, seven fellas are swinging with lower averages on the road. That wouldn't seem so marked a number except when noting the wealth of the eight dudes who are hitting better away from home: Alexi Casilla, Matt Tolbert, Nick Punto, Carlos Gomez, Jose Morales, and Delmon Young. Not exactly our core posse . ...
As we near Memorial Day with a record four-games below .500, all the chatter and enthusiasm of the move to Target Field suddenly seems really damn far away. Now, and for today, we just need the boys to get back to the safety of the Bubble, where they're playing at a clip of .608 (14-9).
"If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it."
-- Cormac McCarthy, "The Road"