Where Have The Bats Gone?

The Minnesota Twins have been getting some great pitching lately, but have not been able to back their starters. Most of the players are batting under .200 the last seven days, with only Shannon Stewart and Jacque Jones the only regulars swinging a hot stick. With the Baltimore Orioles coming to town, the hitters need to wake up before the Wild Card slips away.

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The Minnesota Twins seem to have forgotten where they placed their lumber this past week. In the last seven days, they have one home run and ten RBI collectively. An even more depressing statistic is the fact that of the 13 players who have an at-bat, seven of them are hitting below .200.

There has really been only one consistent stick in the order this past week, and that is leadoff hitter Shannon Stewart. He is batting .385 the last seven days, and is tied for the team lead with 2 RBI. On the season, he is batting .294 with ten home runs and 40 RBI.

Jacque Jones is another player who has played decently in the last seven days. In his four starts, he has two RBI and two runs. He has hit safely in five of his last six games, and is hitting .292 in that span.

A big surprise has been the sudden slump of Torii Hunter. In his last four games he is batting a measly .133, and has not driven in a run. Add Justin Morneau's 0-16 spell, and you have a middle of the lineup that is not getting it done.

Bret Boone has also been quite a disappointment since joining the Twins. Although he had a big RBI the other night, he is only 2-16 and is batting .125. Nick Punto has also struggled, as he is in the middle of a 1-16 swing.

Rookie Luis Rodriguez has stayed consistent through the teams' recent struggles. Although he has played in only two games, he is batting .429, and two of his three hits are for extra-bases. The Twins need to get him in the lineup regularly, as he has shown he can field the third base position.

The pitching has been solid for the Twins, and if they can get it together with the sticks, they should be able to hold onto the Wild Card lead. They are currently tied with the Yankees, and with the Orioles coming into town, it should make for a wild series in the standings.

Carlos Silva takes the ball tonight for Minnesota and he has been the most consistent starter of the rotation. He is currently 7-3, and has a 3.53 ERA. Against Baltimore, he is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA this year. He will face Erik Bedard, who 0-0 with a 1.53 ERA against Minnesota this season.

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