Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Parallel Universe

The Twins team must have entered some vortex. Actually, let me display some fine nerdom here and make a bold science fiction reference: perhaps they impossibly stumbled on the mystery of the universe and discovered a wormhole, entering, just as Hawking (yes, the "guy in the wheelchair") predicted, a parallel universe of sorts, as time and space mix. Or, let's just say, for simplicitly's sake, an alternate universe.

Because the Twins team that won last night didn't look like the miserable offense that lost to a team that was 5-23 since the All-Star break Monday night. Instead, the Twins team last night not only pounded the A's pathetic pitching for 13 runs, but starter Kevin Slowey also seemed to similarly entered a wormhole, because after getting only three strikeouts in his previous two starts, including just one in his last start, Slowey struck out 12 Oakland hitters in seven innings, and didn't walk a batter. Most might assume that the strikeouts were strikeouts looking, as recent evidence given by Ubelmann at SBG would suggest, but ten of twelve were strikeouts swinging. Needless to say, it was an interesting and dominating performance for the young pitcher, lowering his ERA to an impressive 3.78.

Really, of course, what I should be saying is that the Twins on Monday were in an alternate universe, because the offense has been above average this season and frankly should not have stumbled against what is currently one of the worst teams in the majors. On the other hand, it can be argued that some players weren't quite themselves last night, either, with Carlos Gomez hitting his first home run in over two months (since June 6th) and Brian Buscher going 3-for-5 with five RBI and a two-run home run.

Hopefully, the Twins can stay in that part of the baseball universe today and continue to redeem themselves after Monday night's embarrassing loss.