Five. As in “1 win in 5” & “5 games back”

So the Twins have only won one out of their last five games. And now, those pesky Royals have extended their lead atop the AL Central, and the Twins find themselves five games back.

It’s certainly not a time to panic, and I think the Twins should be more concerned about getting back to .500, something they might be able to do with good home stands against the Mariners and the Tigers, before their first visit to the new Yankee Stadium on May 15th.

However, I must admit, I’ve always been a pessimistic sports fan. Seriously, even when my beloved Aston Villa FC were riding high in the English Premier League earlier this year, I had the feeling they were going to screw it up eventually and falter… and of course they did.

Now, the cool thing about the Twins is deep down I know they have a good enough squad to compete well, but externally, I will remain slightly pessimistic because that way, when they do succeed, it’s a pleasant surprise. That probably sounds odd, but I find it a whole lot more entertaining that way. Fans who are eternally optimistic and expect their team to win all the time kind of bug me, and the truth is, that doesn’t always happen thankfully. All sports are greater when the little guy takes on the big guy and wins. Sure, it doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s sweet when it does.

Back to those Twins though. Well, they need a bit of a kick up the butt to be frank. They did play a bit better yesterday, out-hitting the Orioles, but unfortunately, not out-scoring them. Sure, 14 hits is great and all, but 13 of them were singles, so the Twins still need a little more oomph. It was, however, refreshing to see them being fully competitive and keeping the pressure on, something they’ve lacked quite often this year.

Still, like many other commentators, I’ve got some major concerns lingering. Nick Punto’s average is now a dwinding .190, and even his great defense can’t justify that. Of course, I don’t know what they’d do without him in the field, so I’m not much of a judge. The Carlos Gomez situation is also a bit dispiriting. He’s perennially dumped on the bench and not getting any at-bats, so I can’t see how he’ll improve that way. Gardy surely has to do something with him? Our pitchers are constantly giving up runs early in games… sigh… I won’t go on. Let’s just hope this weekend is a bit better!

But before I go, I’m not a huge Dodgers fan (though I do love listening to Vin Scully), but I really enjoy reading this blog called Dodger Blues which constantly finds hundreds of things to be frustrated about, regardless of whether LA is playing well or not. It’s grumpiness and pessimism with a good dose of humor like this that I admire. Anyone want to start one like this for the Twins?

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