And the Twins vs. White Sox matchup illustrates perfectly why I'm never going to win this stupid game. I lost an eight-game streak on Sunday night when I picked Atlanta to beat Philly. Oh well. Then I got going again, winning twice on Monday and twice on Tuesday to get back to W4.
And then I picked the Twins on Wednesday.
Minnesota led 2-0 in the ninth with All-Star closer Joe Nathan on the mound and Chicago down to its last strike. And the result? Back-to-back home runs tied the game 2-2, back-to-back walks put the go-ahead run in scoring position, and a single and a wild pitch took care of the rest as Chicago won 4-2.
Back to zero for me. Again.
Then today I learn that Joe Nathan pitched 448 consecutive games without allowing more than one home run - until last night.
Are you kidding me? That's when I realized I will never win this game. I should have figured it out a month ago when I was at W11. I had the SFTC page opened on my laptop and was mulling over which matchup I should pick to get to W12 when I decided to go downstairs and get something to drink.
I came back a few minutes later and my eight-year-old niece was sitting at my laptop. "You like Tampa, right?" she asked me. I told her yes. "Good," she said. "Cause that's who I picked for you."
In a panic, I tried to hit the "cancel" icon at the top of the page but the matchup was already locked.
And it was back to zero for me. Again.
I understand now, finally, that there really is no point for me to continue playing this game. I'll probably keep doing it, but there's no point. And I suspect a lot of Braves fans are in a similar mood today. Last night's loss was tough. We had the lead, gave up a big inning, rallied to get close, hit a ninth-inning homer to tie it, and . . . lost on a walk-off.
The fact Colorado and San Francisco both won last night hurts even worse. I know that right now there are a lot of Atlanta fans who feel the same way about the Braves as I do about SFTC - sure we're going to keep playing, but what's the point because we're not going to catch the Rockies and Giants, right?
Well, I'm not giving up on Atlanta.
I just won 12 of 13 on SFTC and all I got for it is . . . back to zero. If the Braves, on the other hand, could have just one stretch like that - just one! - then we'll be in this thing right up to the end. And you never know. You just really never know.
Trivia tidbit: Too bad Pete Moylan wasn't pitching in the ninth yesterday for Atlanta - actually, I wish he could have pitched the ninth for Minnesota too. Moylan set a major league record yesterday because he did not give up a home run. It was his 75th appearance this season and no one has taken him yard yet, and that gives him the longest such streak to start a season in baseball history.