“Thank God or they would be 10 games under .500” 

The Minnesota Twins are barely hanging on to the lead in MLB’s worst division, but the team’s struggles are not the pitching staff’s fault.

Minnesota enters Wednesday’s game against the woebegone Kansas City Royals with a 44-43 record. The Twins have struggled to put much distance between themselves and the .500 mark, and they hold a scant one-game lead on the Cleveland Guardians atop the American League Central.

#MNTwins pitching ranks out of 30 teams:#1 ERA#1 Strikeout rate#1 OBP against#1 SLG against#1 OPS against#1 Innings per start#1 Quality starts

However, the Minnesota Twins pitching staff ranks No. 1 out of 30 MLB teams in seven pitching categories. The Twins top the majors in ERA, strikeout rate, OBP against, SLG against, OPS against, innings per start and quality starts.

With pitching stats like that, one might think that the Twins would be running away with the division with a record ranking among the best in MLB.

However, Minnesota’s hitting has been so deplorable that the excellent pitching has become critical to keep the team barely above break even.

@AaronGleeman us twins fans used to dream about having pitching this good. imagine this staff with the bomba squad man 😩

@AaronGleeman #1 strike out rate and the pitchers don’t get to face the Twins hitters.

While the Minnesota Twins pitchers strike out a lot of batters, the team’s hitters also lead the league with 880 whiffs. Twins hitters have struck out 48 more times than the No. 2 team on the list: the San Francisco Giants.

Twins hitters are also hitting .234, good for 24th in baseball.

@AaronGleeman And a lineup that couldn’t hit water if it fell out of a boat

@AaronGleeman Absolutely insane with all of that to be 44-43 only

@AaronGleeman 1 All-Star pitcher and a team barely over .500. If the batters ever actually catch fire, this could be a decent team.

The Minnesota Twins had, for many seasons, been known as a hitting team that patched together a pitching staff with duct tape and glue. That all changed this offseason when the team engaged in a need-for-need trade with the hitting-starved Miami Marlins.

The Twins sent AL batting champion Luis Arraez to Miami for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez. While Lopez has solidified the No. 3 spot in the rotation, his 4-5 record and 4.24 ERA pale in comparison with Arraez’s .387 average for the 50-37 Marlins.

@AaronGleeman This is exactly like if the Vikings defense became the #1 defense next year. I still don’t believe it’s real. We as fans are too shell shocked to even react to it.

The Twins are suffering through Carlos Correa‘s extended slump this season. The star shortstop is hitting 48 points below his .275 career average at .227 entering Wednesday’s game. Minnesota also employs strikeout machine Joey Gallo, who has struck out 89 times in 65 games.

@AaronGleeman Our offense should be buying these guys lunch for the foreseeable future. Clowns

@AaronGleeman Very good at pitching, questionable at batting/hitting

Minnesota Twins net just one All-Star

Sonny Gray of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Baltimore Orioles.
Sonny Gray of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Twins have just one representative in this season’s All-Star Game. Staff ace Sonny Gray was selected for the third time in his 11-year MLB career. He is 4-2 with a 2.50 ERA.

Minnesota’s No. 2 starter Joe Ryan, who has an 8-5 record with a 3.42 ERA, and closer Jhoan Duran, who has a 1.93 ERA and 12 saves, were both snubbed.

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