Historically speaking, what does it mean when a major league team starts 0-3? David Schoenfield from ESPN crunched the numbers, which are of course relevant to your 2015 Twins:
Per his research: I checked all 0-3 and 3-0 teams over the previous 10 seasons. Twenty-seven teams started 0-3 and they had a final win-loss average of 78-84. Twenty-nine teams started 3-0 and they averaged 84-78. So if you knew nothing about the teams above other than the records from the first three games, you would project the teams that started 3-0 to fare better by the end of the season.
There are exceptions; last year’s Angels started 0-3 but won 98 games. The 2012 Giants started 0-3 and won the World Series. Seven of the 27 teams who started 0-3 made the postseason.
Of particular note, though, is just how badly the Twins were knocked around in Detroit. It’s one thing to start 0-3; it’s quite another to get outscored 22-1 in the process, while looking almost completely listless at the plate and in the field.
As such, Schoenfield concludes, “If I’m a Twins fans, maybe I do start worrying already (not that expectations were high).”
Can’t say I blame him for coming to that conclusion. The Twins went conservative in pretty much every offseason move, and that — plus the big Ervin Santana blow — is costing them dearly so far.
The NFL has revealed the 2015 preseason schedule. The Vikings, who have already been announced as one of the two teams playing in the annual Hall of Fame game, will play five preseason games.
They will open against the Steelers in Canton, Ohio. They then host the Buccaneers and the Raiders before finishing the preseason on the road against the Cowboys and then the Titans.
Here is their complete preseasons schedule:
Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 9, 7:00 p.m. CT): vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Canton, Ohio)
Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 14-16): vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Preseason Week 3 (Aug. 21-23): vs. Oakland Raiders
Preseason Week 4 (Aug. 28-29): at Dallas Cowboys
Preseason Week 5 (Sept. 3): at Tennessee Titans