Before the All-Star break my team looked dismal and couldn't beat anyone, well, except Jacksonville. They were bewildered, I was bewildered. The only thing I could figure out was, we had 46 losses and 21 of those were by 1-run. Then after the All-Star break I changed the lineup a little. Opened up against the Dark Knights at home, oh great another 1-run loss. I was ready to throw in the towel as I had no clue as to why and 16 games behind Minnesota. We were still strong enough to make a run at a wild card maybe, but the way we had been playing I doubted that even.
Next thing I know, we mopped up the division with that towel I threw in. Never saw it coming. No way, no how. We went into Minnesota with a sudden 7 game win streak. I figured this series would end it all right away. But no, we humiliated them on their home field, the fans actually booed them off the field. With a 16-0 shellacking to start the series and a 10-1 thumping to end it, easy to understand the fans resentment. I think that has been their worst two defeats all season.
Suddenly we are on a 10 game win streak and closed the gap from 16 games to 10. And we also caught Chicago in the mean time. We scored 86 runs in those 10 games, 10 or more in 5 of them with 3 shutout victories.
Other than the little change the lineup, I picked up Lorenzo Borbon from the FA scrap heap to replace a pen pitcher that was in my dog house. He hasn't even gotten a chance to pitch as the starters have been going deep into games with little worry and the short relief has been shutting everything down all of a sudden. Of course it is relatively easy when you have comfy leads to start with.
Not sure what changed, but I am not complaining and hope it continues.