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Twins follow MLB-worst 17-36 start with 14-3 run this month

Jun 20, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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I’ll save most of the dorky details and nerdy numbers for my Twins-focused blog, but Minnesota has started to dig out of its huge early hole by recovering from an MLB-worst 17-36 start through May 31 to go 14-3 so far in June.

Run prevention has been the biggest key, as none of the six pitchers to start a game for the Twins this month has an ERA above 3.00 and the bullpen has combined for a 1.81 ERA and .195 opponents’ batting average. Overall the Twins have allowed just 2.5 runs per game in June after finishing May with the worst ERA in the league.

And they’re scoring more runs too, as the lineup has produced a respectable 4.5 runs per game this month after ranking dead last in the league with 3.5 runs per game through two months. Add it all up and you get a team winning 14 of 17 games after winning just 17 of their first 53 games, as Minnesota has cut Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central from 16.5 games to 8.0 games in a little more than two weeks.

They’re still eight games below .500 with the league’s second-worst record, but the Twins are breathing again.

  1. Justin - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Second worse record in baseball? They are 8 games below .500. Teams that are more than 8 games away from .500? Royals, Astros, Cubs, Padres, and Dodgers. What is your standard for determining worst record?

    • Aaron Gleeman - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      It says “they’re still eight games below .500 with the league’s second-worst record.”

      You’ll notice that all but one of the teams you listed above are in the other league.

  2. sknut - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Its quite the run, but I wonder how long they can keep it up. At least one would hope that when the starting pitching starts to hit a rough spot, guys like Kubel and Morneau will be back to help the lineup. Of course in that crappy divison anything is possible.

  3. Jonny 5 - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    I think I called for the Twins to take the division this season. And it can still happen. It can!

  4. pkiguy22 - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Any other division or team and I think it is just a cute little run keeping things interesting. The Twins? This Division?

    Anything is possible!

    /Kevin Garnett

  5. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Is it too soon to start printing “Believe” t-shirts and working on the made-for-tv movie about the Twins inspirational turn-around?

    I just gotta know, I don’t wanna look overeager…

  6. noozehound - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Here’s what’s going to happen. They’ll that the division by 1 or 2 games over the chi-sox. Then they’ll lose in the first round to the goddamned yankees again. Just like every freakin year. Build up our hopes then throw it all back in our face in the form of a three game sweep…

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