As if the Twins had enough motivation to win today - and for the rest of the season.

Chris Jaffe, a stat maven with The Hardball Times, lays out the state of the Twins' existence. Their second-half nosedive has them on a march toward franchise mediocrity, a place they haven't been since 2006.

Keep this in mind as Liam Hendriks takes the mound today in Oakland as the Twins try to win a series against the Athletics.

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Twins look to Hendriks for help as they try to win series in Oakland