Four. That’s the number of games that the Twins’ bullpen has blown during the course of this 14-game road trip.
Joe Nathan has now blown two saves and Jesse Crain has had his share of losses, too. Playoff teams do not blow four games within a week, and if the Twins miss the playoffs this year, you can look back to these missed opportunities as the reason.
Nathan entered the game with his team up 2-1 and effectively blew the game without even retiring a batter.
His control was downright awful. He tried to overpower every hitter and then he followed up with a horrible and completely stupid throw to third that rolled to the wall and allowed the Athletics to win 3-2.
Say what you want, but playoff teams do not lose games like this, and the Twins have done it four times in less than two weeks. The entire bullpen has been shaky since the break, we’ve known that was a weakness. Now our supposed All-Star closer can’t close out games against two of the worst teams in the American League.
The Twins have already missed a chance at a series win against the Angels, they blew another chance at doing it against the A’s too. If they can’t finish this series with a split, things aren't going to be good in September.
The White Sox are struggling against the Red Sox, and the Twins can’t capitalize against teams they should handle—especially when they dominate the entire game.