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Ron Gardenhire is not pleased

Sep 28, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

The Twins have been playing pretty poorly since clinching last week. Ron Gardenhire has noticed, and had this to say after last night’s loss to the Royals:

“Not a good game for our ballclub,” he said. “We didn’t pitch worth a
crap. We haven’t pitched worth a crap this whole trip. It’s not
acceptable. You have to do better. You can’t lose the edge.”

“We lollygag the ball around the infield. We lollygag our way down to first. We lollygag in and out of the dugout,” Gardenhire did not add, but totally should have.

I don’t know how you keep a team sharp when there’s two weeks between clinching and the first playoff game. Maybe Gardenhire doesn’t either, given that his team has had to play 163 games to make into the postseason last year and only won the division by a single game the previous time they made the playoffs in 2006. But he’s been here before. The Twins won the Central by 13.5 games in 2002 and comfortably again in 2004.

Overall, however, I have to think that health — as opposed to how well you do in mostly meaningless games against the Royals in the last week of the season — is most important to a playoff team this time of the year.  My guess: the Twins will be just fine.

  1. lar @ wezen-ball - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    “Lollygaggers!”
    (You didn’t ask, but, since I’m the resident Larry around here, I figured I needed to say it.)

  2. Kobbybahn - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    “We lollygag the ball around the infield. We lollygag our way down to first. We lollygag in and out of the dugout,” Gardenhire did not add, but totally should have.
    Haha, thanks for reminding me on a daily basis why this is the best baseball site on the nette!

  3. geoknows - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Worst thing they did last night, but nobody is talking about it today: With one out and a runner (Repko) on first in the ninth inning, Valencia flies out to left. It wound up being a double play because Repko lost track of the outs and was almost at third base when the ball was caught. Now, Soria is pitching, and you’re probably done for anyway, but still…I’m sure that play didn’t sit well with Gardy at all.

  4. Jonny5 - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    This is why all clinching should be done with less than 2 series left in the regular season. These ballplayers lose that fire. I’d worry if i were the Twins. Kick it up now, because getting hot isn’t some switch you can just turn on when you need to.

  5. doctorfunke - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    It seems that all the playoff teams in the AL have struggled lately. Should make for some entertaining playoff matchups.

  6. RichardInBigD - Sep 28, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Ditto! Craig shows a true understanding of why the majority of baseball fans are so passionate, without becoming football douchebags about it….

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