Beginning Baseball: Is it a comeback or a lucky streak?

Editor’s note: Amanda Lawson is a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan who is getting into baseball for the first time this year. After much deliberation and counsel, Amanda settled on the Minnesota Twins as her team. With “Beginning Baseball” Amanda is documenting her first season of baseball fandom.

The Twins can win.

For all the haters out there (aka White Sox fans), the show’s not over until the fat lady sings.

But how can you tell if it’s the team making a true comeback or if it is just going through a lucky streak? From what I’ve learned about baseball, you shouldn’t get your hopes up.

Too late.

As soon as we went on a winning streak, I brought back the smack talk and was dancing around like a teenie bop who just bought tickets to a Justin Bieber concert. (Barf—I can’t believe I just said that.) All I can do now is hope the Twins pull through and try to help prevent you from accidently celebrating before the party even starts.

A Lucky Streak

As the Twins begin their series against the White Sox tonight (last night’s opener was postponed), they are showing the confidence it takes to defeat one of their biggest rivals. Nine of the past eleven games have been wins for the Twins, including a 4-game sweep against the Royals.

But is this just a momentary up in a season full of downs?

Last time I got overly excited about the Twins, Francisco Liriano had a no-hitter against the White Sox in May earlier this season. And then it was all downhill from there. Plagued with injuries and inconsistencies, the frustration set it. Twins fans everywhere continued to wait on their awakening.

Cautiously, we waited as one win turned into two and three into four. Then Liriano almost had the taste of another no-hitter victory. And the Twins are up on another high.

Is it really a comeback?

The Twins still have many top starters on the DL and are pulling up no-namers to fill their shoes. But 9 out of 11 isn’t a bad winning streak, especially compared to what we’ve seen so far. So how do we know it’s really a comeback? There are three points of interest to look at.

1. The Opponents.

Take a look at the teams that the Twins have played the past 3 series: the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, and the Texas Rangers.

The Twins swept the Royals in four games. With the Royals only 2.5 games ahead of the Twins, it wasn’t too surprising that they were able to win the series.

Beating the Indians, who were in first in the AL Central, put the Twins back in the game. The Twins are 9.5 games behind them and still pulled off a solid victory. Gotta love the ego boost the team gets from beating someone in the same division.

The Rangers are also at the top of their division and have had a decent season so far. The Twins came in and dominated the series, only losing one game to a team that is competing above .500.


2. The Twins’ Improvements and Consistencies.

Looking at stats is the easiest way to tell if the Twins are ready for a comeback or if they are just getting lucky.

Looking at the Twins’ game against the Tigers prior to this streak of wins, they were weak. Scott Baker seemed a little unsteady in his pitching (3.86 ERA) and scoring runs was a challenge as well. At the start of June, this loss put the Twins 16.5 games behind the leaders of the AL Central, the Cleveland Indians.

Fourteen days later, the Twins are only 9.5 games behind the Indians. The last game the Twins played, Liriano was a star. Even though he didn’t obtain the no-hitter, his consistency kept the team rolling. Michael Cuddyer was able to lead the Twins offensively with 3 RBIs.

3. What’s next for the Twins?

The Twins are hoping to see Joe Mauer back in action soon, along with a few of the other key players currently on the DL. However, our attention shouldn’t be on them. The team needs to focus on the consistency of the players who are healthy and in the lineup. The White Sox, Padres ,and Giants may give the Twins some tough play time, but they aren’t impossible to beat.

With a quick look at where we were, where we are now, and what we’ve got coming up, I feel confident saying the Twins are heading up the slope. Their confidence is rolling, they’ve become more consistent, and they are about to take on teams who expect them to be weak. Am I afraid to flat out say it’s a comeback? Yes I am. Will that hinder my trash talk? Absolutely not.

Get ready White Sox fans…the Twins are ready to play.



About Amanda Lawson

A Wisconsinite stuck in Iowa, Amanda began her journey as a new baseball and Twins fan by sharing her experience on Midwest Sports Fans with the Beginning Baseball column. You can follow her on Twitter @AmandaRLawson to stay up-to-date on the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and other sports information. Besides her work on MSF, Amanda also contributes her Packer knowledge at PocketDoppler and co-hosts every Thursday night on CheeseheadRadio.

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