Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Postgame: Twins sinking deeper into the abyss

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: August 30, 2011 - 11:25 PM

CHICAGO -- How low will they go?

At 56-79, the Twins are 23 games under .500 for the first time since 2000, when they finished the year 69-93.

Is this team headed for worse? Patrick Reusse put some of the numbers into context in this piece for ESPN1500:

*The 2011 club appears headed for the largest drop off in wins from one full season to the next for any Twins' team. [Note: After winning 94 games last year, the Twins are now on pace to win 67.]

*The 2011 club will score the fewest runs of any Twins' team in a [non-strike year] since 1968. That was a season when pitching was so dominant across the major leagues that baseball lowered the legal height of the mound from 15 inches to 10 for the 1969 season. [Note: The Twins scored 568 runs in '68. This year's team is now on pace to score 619].

Are the players getting numb?

"No because we care," Michael Cuddyer said. "When you’re numb, you don’t have any feeling. I wouldn’t say we’re numb because we care.

"I wish we could figure it out. I wish we could put a finger on it. The fact is we make too many mistakes, offensively and defensively. You do your best to correct those mistakes; that’s the only thing you can do."

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