La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Ladies and gentlemen, your slightly above average Minnesota Twins

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 22, 2012 - 8:53 AM

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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