Despite a four-game winning streak, the Minnesota Twins still own the worst record in baseball.
Before the season started, many predicted the Twins as a shoe-in winner of the Central Division. To say the least, this season has been an astronomical disappointment for Twins fans.
Everything happens for a reason. Although they have had to deal with numerous injuries this year, the Twins cannot remove complete blame from themselves.
Yes, at times it has felt like the team is made up of about half of AAA Rochester. This may be out of their control.
Still, there is one lesson in baseball the Yankees have taught time and time again.
Teams cannot settle in Major League Baseball.
They must always be looking to acquire new pieces to the puzzle. Even if a team has a consistent performer on the field, they should never neglect better options.
This past offseason, the Twins settled.
Fans all questioned their decision to trust Alexi Casilla as their starting shortstop, especially when there were many superior options available. Casilla has proven throughout his career that he does not have the ability to be a consistent performer. His best version of a career-year came in 2008 when he batted .281 with 7 HR and 50 RBI in 98 games.
That was 2008.
Despite a recent surge of quality hitting, Casilla has struggled mightily this year. With the injury of his middle infield partner, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, the infield has underperformed immensely. Fans are definitely wishing their team re-signed Orlando Hudson at this point.
The other position the Twins were too quick to settle on was their pitching staff.
They have stuck with the same core of starting pitchers for years, despite their mediocre play.
Carl Pavano had a great year for the Twins last season. He entered free agency, did not receive the offers he expected, and returned to the Twins.
Rather than attempting to a acquire a much needed ace, Minnesota convinced themselves that Pavano could repeat his 2010 performance.
The biggest weakness of the team this year may be the bullpen. This should come as no surprise after looking at what management did with the bullpen in the offseason.
Nearly every pitcher that played a big role last season did not return.
Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, Brian Fuentes, Ron Mahay and Jon Rauch all pitched big innings last season, but were not asked to return.
They may not be elite options, but the problem lies in the fact that the Twins did not replace them. Glen Perkins, Kevin Slowey, Jeff Manship and Dusty Hughes began the season as part of the bullpen. Hughes is the only player acquired from outside the Minnesota organization.
Clearly, he is not the type of player they needed.
Minnesota had huge expectations coming into this season but they were not grounded in solid evidence of past successes.
This roster is worse than the 2010 team, and they appear to be headed for their worst season in recent memory.
The Twins settled, and there's no settling in Major League Baseball.