The Minnesota Twins' 2011 season has been, to put it mildly, a terrible disappointment. Not only have they not even come close to meeting the expectations they had for the season, but they have all but assured themselves of having just the second losing season in Ron Gardenhire's tenure as the manager in Minnesota.
Here are your up-to-the-minute American League Central standings:
AL Central Standings
|Kansas City||58||83||.411||20.5||Lost 1|
(updated 9.5.2011 at 9:33 AM PDT)
As you can see, the Twins are just one game out of last place in the division. . .an amazing feat when one considers that, just after the All-Star break, the Twins managed to pull themselves to within five of the top spot in the American League Central.
In order to finish .500, the Twins would have to win their last 23 games. That. . .that's not happening. There are 23 games left in the season for Minnesota, so it's just a matter of time before they are mathematically eliminated from the race. Now, the hope is simply that they can avoid the cellar in the division, a place they have not finished since the 2000 Major League Baseball season.