It's about 9am on Wednesday morning as I write this, because as first pitch is delivered I'm somewhere on the far side of Wisconsin (or, optimistically, already going through Chicago) on my way back to Boston. That means that either the Twins won last night (a game that I was at, WOO-HOO!), or it means they're still searching for their first win of the season. It'd be nice if the Twins took home their first victory last night, because that would mean they'd be on the verge of taking their first series of the season...even if it still would mean a 2-4 record. It's a start and, like my football coach in high school, it means I can't shave until the team loses.
But, if we did lose last night, then clearly I am not the lucky charm I envisioned I would be and I can never go to another Twins game ever again. I'm just that superstitious.
Your starters after the jump!
|2012 - Francisco Liriano||0-1||1||1||0||0||0||0||4.0||8||6||5||1||2||4||11.25||2.50|
It doesn't look good, but it's not like Liriano got a lot of help in his first start of the season. Josh Willingham had a ball take a funny bounce on him that meant two runs; an infield dribbler was just slow enough to mean a play couldn't be made but was just fast enough to make you hope that it could be; and, ultimately, when Liriano needed to make a big pitch he didn't. So it's not like we can lift the blame from his shoulders entirely.
But it's still early, and as I sit at my parents' place in Fargo with cloudless blue skies it's very easy to be optimistic. I'm not sure whether I'll feel that way after the game on Wednesday night or not.
|2012 - Dan Haren||0-1||1||1||0||0||0||0||5.1||11||5||5||2||1||5||8.44||2.25|
Haren wasn't all that successful in his first start of the season, either. The Royals took him to task, blasting him all over the field and forcing him to be uncharacteristically inefficient. If he presents the Twins with the same kind of command, hopefully they'll be just as patient and their swings just as true. That same philosophy should be in effect even if Haren is better at working his zones.
Enjoy the game, everyone! Your recap will come tonight from South Bend, Indiana. Win Twins!