Key Hit Continues To Evade Twins In Postseason

One of these playoff games, the Minnesota Twins offense has to bust out, doesn’t it?

Danny Valencia
Danny Valencia and the Minnesota Twins offense continue to struggle with men on base. Associated Press photo

The Twins continued to struggle – notably with runners in scoring position – in a loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Minnesota is now 0-for-10 with RISP in the series. And this comes one year after leaving 32 on base in getting swept in three games by the Yankees in the 2009 ALDS.

Blame whatever you want to blame. But the Twins have now lost 11 consecutive playoff games dating back to 2004. In their last eight playoff games, the Twins have scored the paltry sum of just 19 runs. That’s less than 2.5 per game, if math isn’t your thing.

The offense has been a little better in this series, but that’s only because the bar was set so low in previous ones.

It’s hard to pinpoint what the problem is. It certainly hasn’t helped that 2006 AL MVP Justin Morneau has missed the last five playoff games dating back two seasons, first with a back injury and now with a concussion.

But considering this is a more veteran team than last season’s, I figured some of these problems would go away.

Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano has had better days. He gave up four runs on 10 hits in six innings. But he managed to keep the Twins offense in the game against a pretty tough lineup. But once again, it wasn’t enough.