It was an ugly month for the Twins offense. They averaged 4.27 runs per game over the course of the month, but that number is skewed by the 32-run outbreak in their double-header against the White Sox on July 6. Take those two games out of the equation and the Twins averaged a miserable 3.29 runs over 24 games. General Manager Terry Ryan responded to this offensive ineptitude by doing nothing except dump one of the team's better hitters around the trading deadline. Sweet.
The Twins were kept afloat by their pitching staff, which was very good for the most part and downright phenomenal toward the end of the month.
THREE UP, THREE DOWN
A look at three players whose performances were outstanding over the past month, and three who fell bellow expectations.
The Twins have a chance to make up some ground in the Wild Card race this month, with six games against the current leader, Cleveland, and six more against another team ahead of the Twins in the WC standings, Seattle. Of course, to have a shot in that race, the Twins will also have to hope the Yankees falter a bit, which seems somewhat unlikely at this point. The Twins will need to take advantage of the series against lesser teams like Kansas City, Baltimore and Texas this month. Most of all, they need to start hitting!