The 2011 Twins were perhaps even more lifeless than this year's team and sat 20 games under .500 — 17-37 — before crawling within five games of .500 at 44-49. Does this year's team have a similar 27-12 stretch in it? (And even if it does, can it avoid the second-half fade that resulted in the 2011 team going 63-99)?
No starting pitcher for the Twins has even reached the two victory threshold this season. Ricky Nolasco will try to change that when the Twins play at Cleveland. 6 p.m., FSN.
"I'm still not off the Pitino bandwagon. Maybe I'm the last one, and I will admit some of his in game antics are a little childish, but I think he works really hard and I think an 18-12 record next year gives us some real hope."
"vikingsfannj" commenting on startribune.com.
"Noah Syndergaard now has one fewer career homer than Mendoza Line founder Mario Mendoza, who had 1337 (!) career at-bats."
— Russ Bengtston of Complex.com.