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Free-falling Twins limp into the All-Star break in third place

Jul 12, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

When the Twins woke up in Seattle on June 1 they were 31-20 and riding a five-game winning streak that gave them a season-high 4.5-game lead over the Tigers (and 8.5-game lead over the White Sox) in the AL Central.
They were clicking on nearly every cylinder, with the pitching staff allowing the second-fewest runs in the league and the lineup scoring more runs than any team outside of the powerful AL East.
Through two months they had the second-best record in baseball, were on pace for 98 wins, and looked capable of running away with the division. Instead, they’ve fallen apart.
After losing two of three from the Tigers over the weekend the Twins are now 15-22 since the calendar flipped to June, turning a 4.5-game lead into a 3.5-game deficit in under six weeks and limping into the All-Star break in third place at a disappointing 46-42.
Here’s a look at their run scoring and run prevention during the good times and bad times:

                      RS/G     RA/G
Through May 31        4.92     3.82
Since June 1          4.24     4.85

Through the end of May the Twins scored 4.92 runs per game, but since then they’ve managed just 4.24 runs per game for an offensive decline of 14 percent. And the decline of the pitching staff has been even steeper. Through the end of May the Twins allowed 3.82 runs per game, but since then they’ve coughed up 4.85 runs per game for a pitching (and defense) drop of 27 percent.

  1. snowbum - Jul 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    The pitching is horrible right now. Hopefully they can turn it around. But don’t count them out yet, the Twins have always played stronger in the second half of the season.

  2. palehose67 - Jul 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    The Twins are a better second half team? First “half”/second half Twins records:
    2009 — 45-44/42-32 (better second)
    2008 — 53-42/35-33 (better first)
    2007 — 45-43/34-40 (better first)
    2006 — 47-39/49-27 (better second)
    2005 — 48-38/35-41 (better first)

  3. jkorn1818 - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    The same Twins where all their fans were crying for much of the first half how they are better than the yankees and should be right up there with them in the power rankings? Let’s be real here, if you guys were in the AL east, youd be about 12 games under. You guys were starting to sound like toronto blue jays fans.

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