May 3, 2004

Anyone seen the offense?

Baseball is a funny game.

For the first month of the 2004 season, the Minnesota Twins had one of the best offenses in the American League and one of the worst pitching staffs. They ranked second in both runs scored and team OPS in April with 133 and .836 respectively. And their pitching, particularly the starters, was awful, with a team ERA of 5.00 that ranked ninth in the AL.

So what happens in the first two games of May? The Twins get following performances from their starting pitchers:

                    IP     H     R     ER     BB     SO     HR

Brad Radke 7 5 0 0 2 4 0
Johan Santana 7 5 1 1 2 6 0

Two starts. 14 innings. One run.

So what happens? The Twins forget how to hit, of course. They go 11-for-62 (.177) in the two games and score a grand total of one run.

The good news? Two good starts in a row for Johan.

New article at The Hardball Times: News, Notes and Quotes (May 3, 2004)

Today's picks:

Cincinnati (Wilson) +210 over Houston (Oswalt)

Detroit (Maroth) +190 over Anaheim (Colon)

Total to date: -$20

W/L record: 28-33 (0-2 on Friday for -230, with a whole slew of rainouts. In the red for the first time all year.)

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