Saturday, July 10, 2010

Twins Strike Out on Cliff Lee, and Elsewhere

Minnesota Twins batter Justin Morneau reacts after striking out during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto July 7, 2010.  REUTERS/ Mike Cassese  (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
The Twins are a horrid 9-16 in their past 25 games; a paltry .360 winning percentage. Their season winning percentage has fallen to a weak .523, they've lost their lead on first place in the division, and now are looking up a Detroit from a distance of three games. The entire time fans have been clamoring for Cliff Lee, a game changing starting pitcher, as the savior that will turn our season around. Unfortunately for them, Lee was dealt to the Rangers yesterday, thus ending the vigil.

At the end of the day, Cliff Lee wouldn't have righted this ship. In the last 15 games the Twins lost, they averaged a mere 3.13 runs per game. I don't care if you have Cy Young taking the mound for you every five games - scoring so little is going to mean a lot of games are going to fall into the "L" column.

I've become tired of hearing how this team is so potent, and how the new lineup with Cuddyer at 3rd is the making of an offensive juggernaut. Thus far, the only thing that's been offensive is the Twins inability to score runs. Gardenhire needs to get the team's attention before we're completely out of the race. Now that the Cliff Lee distraction is officially over, a good place to start would be with some extra batting practice.

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