With tonight's loss to the White Sox, the Twins elimination number is now one. If they lose or the White Sox win, the Twins are eliminated from playoff contention.
PJ Walters started the Twins off, pitching against the Phillies last night. He left the game after pitching to only four batters (all of whom got hits and eventually scored). His shoulder wasn't working right, and today he's going to get an MRI to see what's wrong. At the end of the inning, the Phillies had run up six runs.
The Twins just played their 16th game this season. With 162 scheduled, that's about 10%. There's the old adage that says "you'll win 50 games and lose 50 games; it's what you do with the rest of them that counts." (I tried to find the original quote, but Google didn't help much.)
Let's see what the Twins have done with their first ten percent of the season, shall we? If we take ten percent of the 50/50/rest adage, let's see what happens if we remove five wins and losses. The Twins record is currently 5-11, so our subtraction makes them 0-6. They aren't doing very well with their other games.
It is still early in the season, but this isn't a very good trend.
For the more traditional, they're five games back from the division-leading Tigers, with a four-game span after the third-place Indians. It is a tight race at the top, with the Indians only a game behind the Tigers, and the White Sox splitting that difference. At least the Twins aren't in last place; they're a game-and-a-half ahead of the Royals. Hopefully this isn't a swing through the bottom of the division for a while, like the Twins struggled with in the '90's.
OK, so they probably do just fine by lots of people, but until they get different blackout restrictions, I won't be adding it to my viewing options.
There's no way the Vikings can make the 2011 playoffs now, after losing so miserably to the Falcons. The best they can hope for is a 5-game winning streak and a bunch of losing streaks by other teams, that would still result in teams that already have seven wins ahead of the Vikings.
Only about three more months until baseball spring training starts.
Not that I'm an eternal optimist (nor in this case a fool), but I want to point out that there's a chance the Minnesota Vikings could make the 2011 playoffs. Really, the field is wide open for the wildcard spots, and this situation could be true for anyone in the NFC, except the Colts.
The only team in the division to lose today was the Vikings. They gave the Chiefs their first win of the season. They played pretty poorly, right at the level, it seems, of their opponent, who played just a few points better.