Posted at 10:19 AM on August 22, 2007
by Chris Dall
It's seems amazing that somehow that the Twins, despite their uneven play and aggravating lack of offense, could be one hot streak away from getting back into the divisional race. But here they are, 6.5 games behind division leader Cleveland and 6 behind the Tigers, two teams that are doing everything they can to let Minnesota back in the race.
So what's going on? Well, both teams seem to have hit rough patches at the same time.
Cleveland is 16-20 since the All-Star break, partly because their team batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage have all dipped. Indians' fans feelings about the offense might best be summed up by this fellow. Meanwhile, Detroit, at 16-23, has been even worse since the break. Their team ERA is up by over a run post-break, and their team batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging are also down. A good summation of their problems can be found at this blog.
So if Cleveland and Detroit keep up this pace, maybe the Twins can sneek back in the race. It would help if they score some runs.