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No longer sure Twins in playoff race

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Ron Gardenhire, Target Field, Twins fans, Twins management, Twins offense Updated: August 28, 2012 - 10:40 PM

Colleague Patrick Reusse figured it out before I got back up from the Twins' clubhouse:

Since July 18, 2011, the Twins are 71-127, for a winning percentage of .357.

That's pathetic.

For the Wednesday paper, I conducted a lengthy interview with Twins GM Terry Ryan. He was not happy. The column is about future plans, but he's stumped as to why what should be a pretty good lineup has fallen apart.

The Twins have failed to homer in 10 of their last 11 games. They went through a 14-inning scoreless streak before finally scoring in the third inning on Tuesday, and then they went to sleep until a token rally in the ninth.

They've been outscored 47-19 in their last eight games.

A lack of pitching is the reason they're not in contention. There's no sound explanation for why they've stopped hitting.

-The Mariners have beaten the Twins in seven straight games.

-The Twins are 10-26 against the AL West.

Enough about this team. Again, my interview with Terry Ryan will be in the Wednesday paper and at Startribune.com.

Please follow me on Twitter at @Souhanstrib.

 

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