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It doesn't seem like it was all that long ago that the Minnesota Twins were within five games of the top spot in the American League Central. However, the team has stumbled as of late, and now finds themselves farther back. . .maybe too far back to realistically make a run at this point.
This is what the American League Central race looks like today:
With just 51 games remaining in their 2011 season, the Twins are now closer to last place than they are to second, and can't afford to fall any farther behind. They can attempt to make up some ground this weekend as they play a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox. The division-leading Detroit Tigers will be taking on the last-place Kansas City Royals, while the Cleveland Indians will be traveling outside the division with a three-game series in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.
The Minnesota Twins were presented a golden opportunity to make a serious dent into the lead of the Detroit, as they hosted the Tigers for a weekend four game series at Target Field. What happened? Well, they lost three of four, and instead of being as little as four back, they are now a full seven games out, and to make matters worse, they face Texas tonight to begin a 10 game road trip.
Here are your up to date standings:
Detroit 54-47 .535 —
Cleveland 51-48 .515 2.0
Chicago 49-51 .490 4.5
MINNESOTA 47-54 .465 7.0
Kansas City 42-59 .416 12.0
The good news is that there is plenty of time to make up those 7 games. With approximately 9 weeks left in the season, it amounts to less than one game a week. But the Twins will have to play better against the better teams in the league if they want to make that move.
And Texas is definitely one of the league’s better teams.
The Minnesota Twins had an opportunity to make some serious progress in their four-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field this week. However, when all of the dust had settled and the series was over, the Twins found themselves no closer than they were before the series got underway.
Of course, they were also no further away, which was nice to see after they dropped both halves of a doubleheader to the Indians on Monday.
Here, now, are your current American League Central Standings:
As you can see, things are almost exactly the way they were the last time we gave you a standings update. Detroit and Cleveland are still tied for the top spot, and Minnesota is five games out. The only slight difference is that the White Sox are now 4.5 games back rather than four.
The Twins have another opportunity to improve their lot over the course of the next few days, as they'll open up a four-game set with the Tigers at Target Field on Thursday night. The other two teams currently locked into the American League Central race, the White Sox and Indians, will begin a three-game set in Cleveland starting on Friday, so Twins fans will need to keep an eye on that as well.
The dramatic turnaround of the Minnesota Twins has continued, as they took three out of four from the Kansas City Royals in their first series after the All-Star break. The victories, combined with some losses by the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians, has made what looked to be a two-team American League Central race into a four-team free-for-all.
As of Monday morning, here is what the standings in the American League Central look like:
Yes, after being as far as 16.5 games out of first place in late May and early June, the Twins now find themselves just five games in back of division co-leaders Detroit and Cleveland.
With the Twins' upcoming schedule, they are in a position to make some serious hay. The team will play eight games in the next seven days. All of them will be at home, and all of them will be against the top two teams in the division. They will kick off a four-game series against the Indians with a day/night doubleheader on Monday afternoon (to make up for the rainout that occurred back on April 22), and they will follow that up with a four-game series against the Tigers beginning on Thursday.
This week can make or break the season for the Minnesota Twins. If they can get a bunch of victories over the top two teams in the division, they will be in the race through the end of the season. If they should suddenly cool off, they might decide to become sellers and get out of the race while they have some trade chips with some value.
On June 1, the Minnesota Twins were 20 games under .500 at 17-37, and 16.5 games out of first place in the American League Central, going through as bad a stretch of baseball as we've seen in Minnesota in a very long time.
Now, as we take a break for the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Twins may have put themselves in a position to win their third consecutive American League Central title.
Here is what the current American League Central standings look like:
The Twins find themselves 6.5 games out of first place after 89 games. As Twins fans know, this is certainly not an insurmountable deficit. In 2009, the team's final season at the Metrodome, the Twins found themselves seven games behind the Tigers on September 1. In case you may have forgotten, here's how that whole thing ended.
Overcoming a 6.5-game deficit in 73 games is not the craziest thing anyone has ever heard of. . .particularly when you figure that the Twins are still waiting for the returns of Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, Denard Span, and others. Figure in the fact that the Tigers have never finished over .500 in the second half of the season in the Jim Leyland era, the Cleveland Indians are still pretty young, and the White Sox have never seen a second half of the season that they couldn't fall apart in, and it should make for a pretty interesting second half of the regular season.
Bet you couldn't have imagined yourself saying that back on June 1, could you?
I know I certainly didn't expect it.
After taking two out of three from the Tampa Bay Rays over the past couple of days, the Minnesota Twins have improved their lot a little bit, but can give themselves some pretty good momentum this weekend as they play their last series before the All-Star break.
Here is what the American League Central standings currently look like:
The Twins will be kicking off a four-game series with the team right in front of them in the American League Central standings, the Chicago White Sox, at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday night. The Twins could push themselves in front of the White Sox with a four-game sweep, but at this point it certainly appears as though the Twins will go into the All-Star break in fourth place in the American League Central.
The other American League Central teams will be partaking in four-game series this weekend as well, as the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will be battling each other starting on Thursday, and the Cleveland Indians have a four-game set at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.
On this Independence Day, we are just a week away from the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and the unofficial halfway point of the 2011 Major League Baseball season. While the Twins have been playing significantly better, for the most part, than they were at the beginning of the year, they need to start putting things together even more if they want to get back into the American League Central race.
The current American League Central standings look like this:
While the Twins are no longer a last-place team, they still have a significant deficit staring them in the face. It's not impossible by any stretch, but the Twins will have to pick up the pace significantly. They will also have to decide whether or not they are "buyers" or "sellers" as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. The next couple of weeks will play a very big role in making that determination.
The Minnesota Twins followed up their eight-game winning streak with six consecutive losses, culminating with a 15-0 thumping by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. However, they've managed to follow that up with a couple of victories, and are still in significantly better shape as June comes to a close than they were when June began.
Here are the current American League Central standings:
As we get closer to the MLB All-Star break, the Twins can still interject themselves into the American League Central race. Stranger things have happened, to be certain. Hopefully the Twins team we see the rest of the way. . .provided that they ever get all of their players back from the disabled list. . .will bear more of a resemblance to the team that won eight in a row than they will to the team that dropped six straight.
Since June 1, the Minnesota Twins have been the best team in Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, since April and May were such a disaster for the team, that just means they've climbed from "awful" to "mediocre" in terms of their overall record over that time frame.
Here are the current American League Central standings:
As you can see, the Minnesota Twins are no longer in last place in the American League Central. That's the effect of winning seven in a row and fourteen of their last sixteen games. The Twins haven't spent a lot of time outside of the basement this year, but they've climbed out now. . .hopefully they can stay out for the rest of the way.
It's another week of interleague games this week for Major League Baseball, and the Twins will have a pretty tough go of things on that front, as they have series this week against two first-place teams. They start the week with three games against the defending World Champions and current NL West leaders, the San Francisco Giants. Then they come back to the Midwest for three games against the leaders on the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers.
When last we left you on As The Standings Turn, the Minnesota Twins had the worst record in baseball and bore a greater resemblance to the Bad News Bears than the defending American League Central champions. However, their recent stretch of winning nine of their last eleven games, coupled with a bit of a tailspin by the Cleveland Indians, has helped their cause somewhat.
On June 1, the Twins trailed the Indians by 16.5 games in the AL Central standings. Today, those standings look like this:
Yes, the Twins have cut their deficit in the division nearly in half in the past 12 days, as they now stand only nine games out of first place. It doesn't sound terribly impressive on the surface, but it beats the heck out of being 16.5 games back, that's for sure.
Also, the Twins no longer have the worst record in Major League Baseball. No, as it stands right now, they simply have the worst record in the American League. Looking over at the Senior Circuit, both the Chicago Cubs (25-39, .394 winning percentage) and the Houston Astros (24-42, .364 winning percentage) are worse than Minnesota. So the Twins have that going for them. . .which is nice.
Now, it's unrealistic to think that the Twins can win nine out of every 11 games for the rest of the regular season. . .but with the American League Central not appearing to have any one dominant team, the Twins just might be able to make it all the way back and make themselves a major player in the AL Central race in the latter part of the season.
It has been a while since we did our last update of the Major League Baseball standings, and specifically the standings in the American League Central. The reason for that is because. . .well, in the case of our Minnesota Twins, not a whole heck of a lot has changed. They still have the worst record in all of Major League Baseball, and are falling farther off the map with each passing day, it seems.
Here are the American League Central standings as they look right now.
Yes, the Twins are five and a half games out. . .of fourth place.
Things haven't gotten much better statistically for the Twins, either. Their 180 runs through 52 games is still the lowest total in baseball, though their team batting average has gone all the way up to .238, which puts them 26th in the majors in that category. They're second-to-last in on-base percentage (.298), and third from the bottom in baseball in slugging percentage with a .339 mark.
How bad is that slugging percentage number? This season, former Twin Nick Punto has a slugging percentage of .385. Yeah. . .it's that bad.
Things aren't any better on the pitching side, either. . .the Twins' collective ERA of 4.80 is the worst in baseball. They have just 26 quality starts in their 52 games this year, and are allowing opposing teams to bat .268 against them, which is 27th in the Major Leagues.
So, to review, the Twins have scored fewer runs than any team in baseball, allowed more runs than any team in baseball, and they have baseball's worst record. One can't help but think all those things are connected somehow.
Things won't get any easier for the Twins, as they're in the midst of a ten-game road trip that will see them taking on nothing but AL Central opponents. They have two games remaining with the Tigers at Comerica Park, and they will follow that up with four games in Kansas City against the Royals and three against the division-leading Cleveland Indians before returning to Target Field for a ten-game homestand.
In dropping their ninth consecutive game on Friday night to the Seattle Mariners, the Minnesota Twins entrenched themselves deeper as the worst team in Major League Baseball.
The latest American League Central standings look like this.
So, we know that the Twins are awful. Let's talk a bit about why they're so awful.
The Twins have the worst run differential in baseball, and it's not even close. Their current mark of 214 runs allowed and only 121 runs for gives them a run differential of -93. To put that into perspective, the Twins don't just have the worst run differential in the league. . .they have the worst run differential in the league by forty-eight runs. The next worst team in Major League Baseball in that category is the Houston Astros, who are only at -48.
In thirty-nine regular season games, the Twins have scored three runs or less twenty-seven times.
There are players on this team that aren't even close to living up to their reputations, and none more so recently than left fielder Delmon Young. In 16 at-bats since coming back from the disabled list, Young has one hit, one sacrifice fly, and has struck out ten times. His defense has also been atrocious. I don't want to say he badly misplayed one against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, but he misplayed it so badly and allowed it to carom so far away it allowed a member of the Molina family to score all the way from first base.
Joe Mauer is still out, Justin Morneau clearly isn't all the way back, Michael Cuddyer isn't driving in runs, the whole team is atrocious with runners in scoring position (2-for-19 in their last series against Toronto), and Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano have led a parade of pathetic pitching, the likes of which hasn't been seen in Minnesota in a long time.
It's tough to declare a team's season over before Memorial Day, but the Twins are rapidly approaching that point.
The Minnesota Twins are the worst team in Major League Baseball.
That's not hyperbole or frustration over the current state of our favorite baseball team. . .the records bear out the fact that the Minnesota Twins do, indeed, have baseball's worst record as we enter the month of May.
Here are your current, up to the minute, American League Central standings.
After the season's first month, the Twins are the only team in Major League Baseball that have not reached double digits in victories. They've lost six consecutive games, and they've been outscored in those six games by a combined score of 54-14.
Minnesota is 29th in the majors in runs scored with only 85 in 27 games, and also rank 29th in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The struggles haven't been confined to the offense, however, as Minnesota's 5.06 team ERA is the worst in baseball, and they've allowed teams to hit .277 against them, which is 29th in the league.
Yes, the Minnesota Twins are the worst team in baseball as it stands right now. The last time the Twins were this bad this late in the season was 2000, a year that saw the Twins finish with a 69-93 record. Hopefully this team can get things turned around soon, but as of now it doesn't look terribly promising.
After placing themselves firmly into last place in the American League Central, the Minnesota Twins appear to be making a little bit of progress, having climbed all the way up to. . .fourth place!
With Monday night's action for the AL Central teams firmly in the books, here is what the current standings look like.
As you can see, the Twins are still closer to last place than they are to first place. The White Sox won the first of their four-game set in Yankee Stadium on Monday night, which helps their cause a little bit.
While the White Sox are taking on the New York Yankees, the Twins are set to open up a three-game set starting on Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Rays, who they lost three out of four to the last time they got together. As far as the rest of the American League Central is concerned, the Detroit Tigers have a three-game set at Comerica Park against the Seattle Mariners starting on Tuesday, while the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals will start their own three-game set in Cleveland on Tuesday as well.
Yes, it isn't rapid progress, but the Twins are starting to make some progress in the American League Central. The Major League Baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint, so a slow start is nothing to be worried about. Hopefully the Twins will look more like the team that we saw against Cleveland the past couple of days than what we saw early on.
The Minnesota Twins still haven't won a series yet this season, they're still the lowest-scoring team in Major League Baseball, and their run differential, at -32, is baseball's worst.
So, based on that, you can probably figure out exactly where the Twins are located in the American League Central standings.
Indeed, the Twins still find themselves in last place. . .but as least they're starting to make up a bit of ground on some of the teams in front of them. The team still has a long ways to go, but at least they're threatening to get out of the division basement, which is more than we could say about them the last time we did a standings update.
The Twins will have a chance to make up some ground this weekend, as they return to Target Field to host a three-game series against the surprising Cleveland Indians. After playing 14 of their first 19 on the road, it will be nice for the Twins to get back to Minneapolis as they kick off a six-game homestand.
The Minnesota Twins haven't won a series all year, and as of today have scored fewer runs than any team in baseball with 45 through their first 15 games of the season. Therefore, it isn't too much of a surprise to look at the standings in the American League Central and see that the Twins have the basement all to themselves.
This division is going to be far more interesting than anyone thought going into the year, it would appear. The two teams that really weren't expected to compete, the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals, are off to great starts, while the three "best" teams in the division are all currently under .500.
The Twins will hope to get healthy this week when they take on a Baltimore Oriole team that has lost seven consecutive games, and follow that up with three games at home against Cleveland. Prior to that series, the Indians and Royals will get together for four games, and when Cleveland heads to Minnesota, the Royals will take on the reigning American League champions, the Texas Rangers. The White Sox will travel to Tampa Bay for a four game set starting on Monday, and the Tigers will head out to the west coast to take on the Seattle Mariners for three games. The White Sox and Tigers will then get together for a three-game set at Comerica Park over the weekend.
There are going to be some chances this week for the Twins to make up some ground on the other teams in the division, but they certainly have to play better baseball than they've shown for the first 10% of the season to date.
The Minnesota Twins have gotten off to a bit of a rough start in the season's opening games, with their loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night dropping them to 3-5 on the young season.
As you can see, the Twins currently occupy the cellar in the American League Central, but at least they have some company in the form of the Detroit Tigers. None of the teams in the AL Central have been egregiously bad thus far. After all, even though the Twins and Tigers each only have three wins to this point, that's still more victories than the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. . .combined.
The Royals and the Indians are both a bit of a surprise thus far, and it will be interesting to see if they can maintain any sort of momentum throughout the long Major League Baseball season. On the other hand, it's not surprising at all to see the Chicago White Sox towards the top of the AL Central. . .after all, the White Sox generally don't raise the white flag until after the All-Star break.
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