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Since the All-Star Break

With two series wins and a heart-wrenching sweep by the Tigers at the 'Dome, the Twins are 6-4 coming out of the break.

Winning sixty percent of your games is a great way to make it to October, but that series against the Tigers keeps lingering at the back of my mind.  Each of those three games could have been won by the Twins, but ultimately weren't, because of a lethargic offense.  And of course the Twins haven't won sixty percent of their games the entire year, just since the All-Star break.  Here's how an offense responsible for six wins has performed since then:

Name        H/AB   Avg   Obp   Slg  BB  SO   OPS
Cuddyer    11/21  .538  .583  .714   3   4 1.297
Rodriguez   1/2   .500  .667  .500   1   0 1.167
Kubel       6/23  .261  .346  .522   3   3  .868
Cirillo     4/14  .286  .333  .500   1   1  .833
Tyner       5/14  .357  .400  .429   1   1  .829
Castillo   11/37  .297  .381  .432   5   0  .813
Bartlett   14/43  .326  .356  .442   2   5  .798
Morneau     9/36  .250  .308  .472   3   7  .780
Hunter      8/28  .286  .355  .393   3   6  .748
Mauer      11/39  .282  .349  .385   4   6  .734
Jones       3/17  .059  .263  .353   2   5  .616
Punto       8/34  .235  .257  .353   1   5  .610
Redmond     2/9   .222  .222  .333   0   1  .555
Ford        0/5   .000  .167  .000   1   2  .167
McDonald    0/9   .000  .100  .000   1   3  .100
Totals     93/331 .281  .343  .432  31  49  .775

A team OPS of .775 since the break isn't as bad as it could be.  It's not nearly as bad as I expected, likely because the images of the Tiger series are still fresh in my head; seared into my retinas.

Back to the list, Kubel's two big games help him out.  Cirillo and Tyner are performing well in limited duties.  Luis Rodriguez, Sunday being the first game he's had an at-bat for two weeks, made the most of his little time.  Finally, Cuddyer was scorching hot before he had an accident with his thumb.

What's left is pretty much what you'd imagine.  Some of the primary players still in the lineup (Castillo, Bartlett, Morneau) have been solid, while others (Hunter, Mauer) have struggled.  Behind them, it's been business as usual.  Half of the offense is hitting pretty well, half of the offense are all but automatic outs.  Punto and Rodriguez had back-to-back hits in Sunday afternoon's game...what are the odds of that?

Rondell White's return will be interesting to watch.  I'm crossing my fingers that he won't just avoid the disabled list for the rest of the year, but that he'll be able to deliver some production out of the DH slot.  If he can last 170 at-bats, hitting .275/.330/.430, I'll consider that a success.