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Twins offense finds a new low in Jered Weaver’s no-hitter

May 3, 2012, 1:07 AM EDT

The Twins' previous low - Joe Mauer, wax Troy Polamalu AP

Jerome Williams hadn’t pitched a complete game since 2003 before shutting out the Twins on Tuesday. That was humiliating. What followed Wednesday was even more distressing.

Jered Weaver pitched his first no-hitter as the Angels routed the Twins 9-0. It gave the struggling Halos a three-game sweep at home and dropped the Twins to an MLB-worst 6-18 on the season.

The Twins didn’t even seem to be trying Wednesday. Weaver had good stuff, but it’s doubtful he would have no-hit any other lineup tonight. Manager Ron Gardenhire also phoned it in. Even though his top relievers were all rested, he let the game get out of hand before going to the bullpen in the third. He also allowed the same nine players make all 27 outs in the contest.

Of course, his hands were somewhat tied there, what with the Justin Morneau injury and the move to drop Sean Burroughs from the roster to add catching depth in the form of the league’s worst hitter: Drew Butera. The Twins also have Clete Thomas hacking away in right field instead of the superior Ben Revere, who is back in Triple-A.

Minnesota already appears to be pretty much done for in the AL Central, but while selling is option, tradeable assets are few and far between. Francisco Liriano could have been one, but his awful showing thus far is a big reason the team is 6-18. Denard Span is the only piece that figures to fetch much on the market. But while he might bring back a quality young infielder the Twins could use, the future looks pretty bleak at the moment.

  1. chuckj1234 - May 3, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    The Twins were placid in the game. But after saying that I really like Weaver. Saw him in the opening game and he was sharp. One of the best pitchers in the AL.

    • Ben - May 3, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      I think you mean flaccid

  2. mikeincmn - May 3, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    This team is a sad, pathetic, dinosaur. I really hate to say that since Twins fans have had almost a decade of relative success in the regular season, but lets get real. The highest paid player is being paid like a power hitter, but doesn’t actually hit for power and can’t stay healthy enough to Max out his value by catching every day anymore. Justin is made of glass. Our infields best player is a 38 year old utility man. Our pitching staff might be one of the worst constructed in recent years around the league.

    Logic tells me to give Terry Ryan a chance. That Bill Smith basically raped this team of minor league assets and power arms in his awful run as a GM. Emotion tells me however that this franchise sucks. Our ownership group cuts payroll in the third year in a new stadium in which the fan base was told build us a new stadium and we can be major players.

    Emotion tells me that our manager is an overrated fool who fondles himself at night at the thought of playing clete Thomas and drew butera.

    I hope target field sits empty all summer, these idiots don’t deserve a damn dollar. Pathetic team, pathetic players and pathetic owners.

  3. btwicey - May 3, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    So sad.2005 a
    - 2010 seems oh so so far away :(

  4. proudlycanadian - May 3, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    It was the Twins after all. Next up, the Jays will be in Anaheim for 4 games.

  5. JB (the original) - May 3, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Yeah but still no Pujols HR….

  6. mybrunoblog - May 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Joe Mauer dandruff is really kicking in now. Stress levels through the roof! Head n Shoulders can’t help at this point.

  7. swampman210 - May 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Thank you national media for noticing, the locals are in as much denial about it as the Twins.

  8. rayburns - May 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    This just tweeted:

    Dave St. Peter ‏ @TwinsPrez
    Truly appreciate passion & angst expressed by @Twins fans. We share your frustration & expect improved play. Better days ahead.#Keepthefaith

    • schrutebeetfarms - May 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Did a follow up tweet give a year this improved play should be expected?

  9. spudatx - May 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    The USDA still recommends 400mg of Joe Mauer each day.

  10. azvikefan - May 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Gardy will be fired before All Star break.

  11. spudatx - May 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    When your brightest options are the worst hitting player in baseball, findings from the Tigers’ recycle bin, “the guy who somersaulted into third base”, or a guy who spent his prime eating cheeseburgers out of garbage cans, you know you are in trouble.

  12. coolhandluke19 - May 4, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Agree with Mike 100% As a Twins fan it’s hard to even watch this team. Wouldn’t be surprised to see this team no hit a few more times this year. Glad that Terry Ryan is back,just afraid that with the 2nd pick in draft they will draft a pitcher who throws 88 mph heater and can’t break a pane of glass!!

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