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MLB Standings Update: Twins Still Possess Baseball's Worst Record

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.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland 25 13 .657 0 Won 2
Detroit 22 19 .536 4.5 Lost 1
Kansas City 20 20 .500 6 Lost 3
Chicago 17 25 .404 10 Lost 1
Minnesota 12 27 .307 13.5 Lost 9

(updated 5.16.2011 at 10:13 PM PDT)


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.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.