A season of Twins futility will almost certainly hit levels not seen for a decade -- and it could get much worse, depending on how things shake out in the season's final month. Just how bad has it been? Well, you know about all the injuries and shoddy play. What about the numbers ...


... the Twins finished in last place in their division? 2000. They were 69-93 that year. As of now, they are only half a game ahead of Kansas City in the race to avoid the AL Central cellar.

... the Twins lost 100 games in a season? 1982, a squad that went 60-102 but at least featured promising youngsters like Gary Gaetti, Kent Hrbek and Tom Brunansky. These Twins are 56-79, which would mean they'd need to go 6-21 over their final 27 games to lose 100. If you don't think that's very likely, consider the Twins are 6-22 in their past 28 games.

... the Twins failed to score at least 650 runs in a season that had at least 150 games? 1972, when they scored a paltry 537. This year's club has 516 through 135 games, putting them on pace for 619.

... the Twins didn't have at least one player drive in 75 runs or more in a season? 1999, when the team leader was Marty Cordova with 70 followed by Ron Coomer with 65. Michael Cuddyer has 62 right now. Danny Valencia is at 61.

... the Twins allowed 800 runs in a season? 2000, when they gave up a whopping 880. They are on pace for about 798 as of now.

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