24% of the strikes thrown by Francisco Liriano are swinging strikes, tops in the league by some distance. He is, however, pretty much the only Minnesota pitcher missing bats; as a team, the Twins are at 14%, a fraction above Oakland for last place.
Scott Diamond has thrown nine quality starts in 14 chances this year, the best ratio on the team. The Twins are 7-2 in those outings.
In games decided by five or more runs, the Twins are 6-20 this year.
Coming back to Target Field doesn't help the team, either; Minnesota is 19-30 at home and 21-28 on the road. It reminds me of a Pat Williams (Orlando Magic GM) quote that I've used before: "We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. As general manager, I just can't figure out where else to play."
The Indians sit three and a half games back in the wild card chase, having just taken a series from Detroit to knock the Tigers out of first place in the AL Central.
On Tuesday, Cleveland acquired Brent Lillibridge from Boston for a throw-in minor-league pitcher, and designated outfielder Aaron Cunningham for assignment to make room on the roster. Cunningham was mostly being used as a late-innings defensive replacement for the 82-year-old Johnny Damon, while I thought Lillibridge was still with the White Sox. (Turns out he was a throw-in in the Kevin Youkilis deal.)
The Indians have scored barely three runs per game since the All-Star Break. In that span, they've been shut out twice and have scored more than three in a game just thrice in fourteen games.