The Twins are about 30 percent of the way through their schedule, and none of the trends are encouraging.
My e-mail friend, Michael Carey from Alaska, analyzes seasons in 16-game segments.
These Twins have gone 6-10, 6-10 and 4-12. That’s how you get to be an MLB-worst 16-32.
In run-differential, it’s been -22, -41 and -25. That’s how you get the majors’ worst run differential, at -88.
In walks allowed, it’s been 56, 56 and 61. That’s how you end up tied for last in the AL in walks-per-9 innings, at 3.7.
Actually, the walk rate is getting better. The Twins have issued 22 walks in nine games since May 17, giving them the third fewest walks in the AL over that stretch.
Is a turnaround possible? At least toward respectability? The Twins hope it starts tonight against Torii Hunter and the Angels.
1. Maicer Izturis, 2B
2. Erick Aybar, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, LF
4. Torii Hunter, CF
5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
6. Russell Branyan, DH
7. Mark Trumbo, 1B
8. Hank Conger, C
9. Peter Bourjos, CF
Starting pitcher: RH Tyler Chatwood (3-2, 4.06 ERA)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Jason Kubel, RF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, 2B
6. Jim Thome, DH
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. Drew Butera, C
Starting pitcher: RH Scott Baker (2-3, 4.12 ERA)
Target Field. First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network