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It's hard to win when you don't score

Posted at 11:23 AM on July 18, 2007 by Steve Rudolph

Another story appeared yesterday on how the starting rotation will be the key to the Twins’ success the remainder of the season. Just how many more low-scoring losses will it take for the experts to see that the team’s real problem is not pitching but a lack of run production?

Shutout for the 8th time this season, the Twins are now 1-16 when they score one or fewer runs. They’re 49-44 on the season, so that means about once each time through their rotation the Twins fail to support the starter with more than a single run.

With that in mind, would someone please explain to me again how starting pitching is this team’s problem. And while you’re at it, please let me know how Joe Mauer can watch three fastballs go by when there are runners on first and second and one out in the sixth inning of a one-run game.

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