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Cough, cough!

That was the feeling I got after watching the Twins choke away a winnable game behind two errors by Brian Buscher.  The Twins also missed out on a golden opportunity to get some separation from both Sox teams in the division and wild card races.  The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays both took care of their games but unfortunately the Twins couldn't capitualize.

Watching the Twins lose seemed all too familiar.  It seems like the Twins haven't been able to win many games this year when they had a share of first place and made me want to do a little more research.

Thanks to the handy-dandy schedule at baseball-reference.com I was able to look at all of the games that the Twins have played while having a share of the division lead (1st game of the year excluded) and let's just say that the results don't instill a lot of confidence.

Overall the Twins have played 19 games while leading the division and have a record of 7-12.  Recently it has actually gotten worse as the Twins have a record of just 2-6 in August while leading the division. 

What these results mean is open for debate.  It's quite possible that the loses have just been coincidences and that with the law of averages their record could even out if they can hold on to a share of the lead.  However it could also be a sign of a young team fading under increased pressure.  In the 6 loses in August the Twins have committed at least one error in every game and committed two errors in 3 of the games. 

The one bright spot is that the Twins still hold on to a half game lead in the division after tonights lose and have another opportunity tomorrow to reverse the current trend.  If they can't reverse the current trend quickly they will surely be sitting home watching the playoffs in October instead of competing for a shot at the World Series.

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