"You know the nearer your destination, the more you're slip slidin' away.''
Paul Simon was not singing about the 2012 Minnesota Twins in "Slip Slidin' Away," but the somber lyrics could very well have described the past week of baseball.
Just when Twins fans had reason to believe this season was starting to turn itself around, a new problem crept up—the bullpen.
While the starting rotation has been the object of Twins Territory's justified anger so far this season, the bullpen turned in one of its worst weeks of the season, culminating in Matt Capps' blown save in Sunday's game versus the Tigers.
The starting pitchers logged 34 innings this week and gave up 21 earned runs (5.56 earned run average), but the relievers were equally as bad, pitching 18 innings and giving up 12 earned runs (6.00 ERA).
While these numbers are skewed by a few terrible outings, Anthony Swarzak and Carl Pavano for the starters and Francisco Liriano and Brian Duensing for the relievers, they highlight the most consistent theme for the Twins this season—inconsistency.
This inconsistency is even more maddening when the Twins' hitters had their best week of the season, going 54-for-207 (.261 batting average).
Add in that 21 of the 54 hits went for extra bases and the offense averaged nearly five runs a game. With that kind of production, one would think the Twins would be 3-3 at the worst.
Instead, the team is headed toward the worst record in the American League and as the song said, "You know the nearer your destination, the more you're slip slidin' away."
All was not doom and gloom for the Twins, however. Let's now look back and recap the past week in Twins' baseball.