Okay, now this is unfamiliar territory for Twins fans. No Twins team has ever started the season 0-5 before. (Surely the Senators must have, at some point, started 0-5.)
I wonder what the longest season-opening losing streak has been for an eventual pennant winner? I haven’t had any luck with that Google question. Somebody must know. The truth is out there.
Looking at past Twins pennant winners, I see them at 1-1 in 1965, 4-0 in 1987, and 1-1 in 1991. Perhaps worth noting that the ’91 Twins started the season with a 2-9 record before they turned things around a bit.
Ricky Nolasco starts for the Twins today. I’m hoping he sees this as a huge opportunity to raise his stock a little bit.
In these first five games, the boys have scored 9 runs while giving up 22. Plenty of room for improvement on both sides of the game. Let’s hope it starts today. I suspect that there have been pennant winners that have started their seasons at 0-5. But we probably don’t want to go much deeper than that.
Still, there’s always a first time for everything.