The logical course of events:
- Twins go to Tampa Bay to play “a big series” with a certain amount of media hype
- Twins lose the first game by 14-3
- Twins lose the next three games
- and slink back home with tail between legs
- and a new element of doubt planted in their psyche
- and in the psyche of their fans
Instead, the Twins have upset the narrative. (This almost never happens.) They win game two of the series, come back from a 3-1 deficit to take the game 5-3, with strong pitching by Berrios and a two run single by Rosario in the top of the 9th. And then they take game 3, 6-2, with Kyle Gibson’s solid pitching, and home runs by Marvelous Marwin Gonzalez and also by Mr. Buxton.
And then yesterday they take game four, with Mr. Odorizzi as the slab artist. Jake goes 6 innings, gives up 3 hits, strikes out 9, and his ERA sinks to 1.96 on the season. The Twins jump out to a 7-0 lead, but the bullpen gets into some trouble, giving up 5 in the 7th. Schoop-dog hits a two run homer in the 8th to make it 9-5, and the Rays come back with 2 in their half of the 8th, 9-7. which is where it ends, with Taylor Rogers pitching a door-slammer of a 9th, striking out three for the save. Case closed. See you later.
Twins get a day off before visiting Cleveland for what will doubtlessly be a hotly contested series.
And life is good in Twins Country. And new narratives arise.