Has the Minnesota Twins' recent turnaround been due to better starting pitching or better hitting?
Much like the riddle involving the chicken and the egg, no one really cares as long as there are more wins in the standings and Colonel Sanders doesn't run out of product.
However, unlike the chicken and the egg, we have been present during this time and can come to our own conclusions.
The most often cited reason for the turnaround, Scott Diamond, made his season debut on May 8 versus the Angels and has gone 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in seven starts since that date.
As a team, the Twins record is a much improved 17-14 since that point as well.
As for the hitters, the most important date was May 16, the day Justin Morneau returned from the disabled list and the day before Ben Revere was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.
Since that date, the Twins' record is 14-9, with Revere batting .342, second on the team only to Joe Mauer.
In the same time, Morneau is hitting .262 and leads the team with 23 RBI.
So what does this tell us?
In short, it tells us that each part is equally important and will pick the other side up on any given day.
For every 5-0 win for Diamond, there has been a 10-7 game the hitters have won during this current stretch for the Twins.
On to week 10 of the MLB season and another winning week for the Twins.
Minnesota's hitting continued to be hot. As a team they went 65-for-216 (.301 BA) and averaged nearly six runs a game.
The starting pitching also continued to improve, as starters allowed only 16 earned runs in 32.2 innings of work (4.41 ERA), and opponents averaged 4.67 runs per game in total.
As always, some players were a little more outstanding or underwhelming than others, and we look back on those performances now with Twins Rewind.