Minsota Gemini’s losing streak has reached a staggering 18 games – and now their 2020 season is over. Houston Astros eliminated the Twins with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday at Target Field, a disappointing finish for a team that won its second consecutive central title in the American League and finished with the best home record in the majors in a 60-game regular season.
The playoff series of the twins is not only a record in the big league, but is also the longest in the sports history of the United States. The Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL lost 16 consecutive playoff games from 1975 to 1979. Before the twins, the previous MLB record belonged to the Boston Red Sox, who lost 13 playoff games in a row, beginning with the infamous Game 6 of the 1
The last victory of the twins in the post-season season was Game 1 of the series in 2004 against the New York Yankees, when they won 2-0 behind seven innings by Johan Santana. Since then:
Three losses to the Yankees in this 2004 series.
Three losses to Oakland A’s in 2006 ALDS.
Three losses to the Yankees in 2009 ALDS.
Three losses from the Yankees in 2010 in ALDS.
Loss of the Yankees in the wild card game in 2017
Three losses from the Yankees in ALDS 2019.
Two losses from Astros in the Wild Card 2020 round.
The Twins took the lead in 11 of the 18 losses, but overall surpassed 107-48 – including 44-14 from the seventh inning onwards. Astros scored three runs at the top of the ninth in Game 1 to win 4-1 and scored a game in Game 2 in the seventh inning. The twins have not scored more than four runs in any of their last 15 defeats.
“We have a lot of boys in the clubhouse, but I would say most of them don’t know the history of the Twins at all,” said manager Rocco Baldeli after losing to Astros in the First Game. “People in this conversation are certainly watching these kinds of things closely. I’m sure the fan group is doing it one way or another, but the players aren’t doing it. So no, I don’t think there’s really anything to talk about. I think that if I picked him up, they would probably look at me funny and wonder what the hell I was saying. “
There was also bad luck on the way. In 2009 ALDS Game 2, Joe Mauer hit what should have been a double lead at the start of the 11th inning; his ball hit the foul line on the left field, only to make referee Phil Kutzi call it a foul. Mauer singles and twins followed with more singles, but failed to score and the Yankees won the game at the bottom of the 11th.
Last season, some late injuries left the starting rotation a little shorter against the Yankees. This year, Josh Donaldson and Byron Buxton were injured on the last weekend of the season. Donaldson was left out of the playoffs due to a calf injury. Buxton, who was hit in the helmet by the field last Friday, started game 1, but did not start game 2 due to undisclosed physical reasons. He entered the eighth inning as a runner – and was selected from the first base.