The Twins’ playoff streak is not only a major league record, but also the longest in American sports history. The Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL lost 16 straight playoff games from 1975 to 1979. Prior to the Twins, previous MLB records were from the Boston Red Sox, who had lost 13 playoff games in a row starting with the infamous Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
The last twin win at Postseason was Game 1 of the 2004 Division Series against the New York Yankees, when they won Johan Santana 2–0 in seven century innings. Since then:
Three losses to the Yankees in that 2004 series.
Three loss to Oakland A in 2006 ALDS.
Three losses to the Yankees in the 2009 ALDS.
Three losses to the Yankees in the 2010 ALDS.
Loss to Yankees in 2017 wild-card game.
Three losses to Yankees in 2019 ALDS.
Two losses to Astro in the 2020 wild-card round.
The Twins have lost 11 of 18, but have been outscored 107–48 overall, including 44–14 from the seventh inning. The Astros went on to win 4–1 while finishing ninth in Game 1, and scored a further run in Game 2 in the seventh inning. The Twins have not scored more than four runs in their last 15 games.
“We’re a lot of people in the clubhouse, but I’d say most of them don’t know the history of the Twins at all,” manager Rocco Baldelli told the Astros loss after Game 1. “On this call people definitely follow those kinds of things very closely. I’m sure the fan base does as well, one way or another, but the players don’t. So, I don’t think Really anything. To talk about. I think if I brought it up, they would probably see me as funny and wonder what I was saying. ”
Also, something bad has happened. In Game 2 of the 2009 ALDS, Joe Mauer should have had a leadoff double in the top of the 11th inning; His ball hit the left-field foul line, only by umpire Phil QG called it a foul ball. Mouer singled and the Twins followed with more singles, but failed to score and the Yankees won the game in the bottom of the 11th.
Last season, some late injuries made the early rounds slightly lower than the Yankees. This year, Josh Donaldson and Byron Buxton were both injured on the final weekend of the season. Donaldson was eliminated from the playoff roster due to a calf injury. Buxton, who was struck at the helmet by a pitch last Friday, started Game 1, but did not start Game 2 due to unknown physical reasons. He entered the eighth inning as a pinch runner – and was selected first base.