CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Manager Ron Gardenhire #35 of the Minnesota Twins walks off the field after tailing to his players during the tenth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 20, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 4-3 in 10 innings. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
"We know we need pitching," Gardenhire said. "We have to have starting pitching, and I'm not talking just a few decent arms. I'm talking quality starting pitching. We have to have some people give us a chance. Once you start getting your brains beat out, it kind of rolls over. You need those one or two guys that every time they step up, you have a chance to end a streak or start a new streak or keep a streak going."
While a team with an overall record of 62-88 would seem to have many holes, the Twins haven’t struggled in all areas. Their offense ranks 13th in runs scored and eighth in on base percentage. Minnesota’s bullpen has been mediocre this year, posting the league’s 16th-best ERA (3.73).
But it’s been another story for the team’s starting rotation. Twins’ starters rank at or near the bottom of the league in most pitching categories, including 29th in ERA, 27th in WHIP and 29th in batting average against.