Last year, when the Twins reached the All-Star break, they were 14 games below .500 and 12 games back in the AL Central. In 2012, they had entered the break at 13 games below .500, and 11 games back in the division.
Against that backdrop, their present standing -- 44-50 and 10.5 games behind the first-place Tigers -- looks like another step in the right direction.
The Twins had firmly established their irrelevance by the end of July after crumbling around the break in
Things are pretty bleak for Twins fans these days. The club is caught amidst yet another mid-summer free fall, the coaches and medical staff are once again coming under fire for their handling of injuries, and we're left to ponder who can be called up from Triple-A to plug yet another rotation hole while the offense scuffles.
The negative storylines are too easy to grasp onto at this point, so in an effort to change the tone a bit, I thought I'd focus on a few positive developments
Beyond this season, the Minnesota Twins still owe Ricky Nolasco a total of $37 million over three years. That's something that needs to be kept in mind as we ponder what the best course of action is for the struggling starter.
Ron Gardenhire sounded like he was just about ready to be done with Nolasco during a cranky post-game interview on Sunday, and it's hard to blame him.
"It starts with him," Gardenhire said. "He's got to do a better job. Bottom line is he's got to
When Chris Colabello's season off to an insanely hot start, I remember multiple people commenting to me excitedly about how he was on pace for something like 200 RBI.
Some folks just love to extrapolate those grandiose "on pace" figures when a guy has a great first couple weeks. It's fun early season fodder, but of course, it's all utterly meaningless.
Projecting hypothetical full-season totals at the halfway point is a bit more sensible, because at this point we've got
On Monday night at Target Field, the Twins will play their 81st game, officially marking the halfway point of this 2014 season.
As we reach this key milestone, the state of the club can best be summed up by a lineup decision that took place in game No. 80. In the final game of a six-game road trip, with the Twins trying to snap a five-game losing streak, Ron Gardenhire inserted Chris Parmelee as his center fielder and No. 3 hitter.
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