Thompson took a nap on my chest as I watched the Twins' pitching phenom, Fransisco Liriano blow away the Brewers 8-0. Since Liriano is on my fantasy baseball team, the Osaka Cat's Meow, I was quite pleased.
After a sluggish start the Cats have been in first place the last couple of weeks. This rise in the standings is due to improvement in pitching- with Liriano playing a huge part of that.
Unfortunately my pleasure with the Cat's fortunes was short-lived. Two of my other pitchers, Mark Buerhle of the White Sox, and Alay Soler of the Mets got creamed. Buerhle giving up 10(!) runs in five innings and Soler giving up 8 in less than three innings.
The Cats are still in first place this morning but the lead has shrunk and the team seems to be limping into the All Star break. And although the Twins have been playing astoundingly great baseball the past few weeks (winning 18 out of 19), they've barely gained any ground on the two teams in front of them, the Tigers and White Sox. Talk about spinning your wheels.
Thompson, though, is well rested.