It's time to face the facts I guess. The Twins have some serious problems and they extend far past anything that Bret Boone and perhaps any other single-player acquisition can fix. For the second consecutive night, the Twins lost 3-2, displaying a pathetic inability to hit yet again. I was hoping the team would work on some things over the break and come out ready to start smacking the ball a little better, but if anything they're worse. Jacque Jones is still pulling grounders to the right side in nearly every at bat, Justin Morneau is still looking clueless against outside pitches, and Boone is yet to reach base in 8 plate appearances in a Twins uniform. The Twins' 2-7 hitters went a combined 0 for 20. Are you kidding me? Is it just me, or does it seem like Joe Mauer is the only player on the team who consistently makes good contact with the ball? Literally, in our lineup of 9 starters, he is the only guy that is able to hit the ball well on a consistent basis. It shows in the stats. While he and Shannon Stewart are hitting .302 and .290, respectively, no other regular starter (aside from Luis Rodriguez, who I'm not quite ready to place in that group) is hitting above .270.
Brad Radke pitched very well tonight, going the complete game and allowing only 2 earned runs on 5 hits, but as usual, it wasn't enough for the Twins' despicable offense. Scott Ullger needs to go, no question. Even if it is not necessarily his fault, whatever he's doing is obviously not working so it couldn't hurt to bring in a fresh face and see if someone else could jump-start some of our slumbering bats.