The Minnesota Twins are more than twice as bad as the second-worst team in baseball

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Yep, this just about sums it up. A routine pop fly falls in between three Twins last night.
The 2012 Minnesota Twins are really frickin' awful.

They're so bad that somewhere out there, Butch Huskey is watching film of last night's 6-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays and blushing.

With an 8-23 record, the Twins' winning percentage of .258 is almost .100 points lower than second-worst San Diego. The run differential number is even more telling. Over the course of the season, the Twins have been outscored by a total of 67 runs. That differential is more than twice as bad as second-worst Kansas City, which has only been outscored by 32.

Francisco Liriano is in the bullpen, Danny Valencia is in Triple-A Rochester (which recently endured an eight-game losing streak of its own), Justin Morneau is hurt, fans are staying home, scalpers are broke, and the few folks who are still invested in the team are starting to call for Gardy's head.

For instance, consider this comment on the Strib's game wrap from last night's loss (and notice the thumbs up/thumbs down ratio):
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Gardy, for his part, is pointing the finger at his players. After witnessing a number of defensive debacles during last night's loss, Gardy said, "Things happened out there that really don't happen in high school."

Key players like singles hitter extraordinaire Joe Mauer sound out of answers. Here's what Mauer said after last night's game:
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Once upon a time these guys had something to cheer about.
Trying to stay positive but it has been tough. We haven't pitched. We haven't hit. We haven't played defense. It's tough to win ballgames like that.

We have to figure things out. The guys are pressing. If we keep doing that, things are going to get worse.
Get worse? Is that possible? For crying out loud, you're already more than twice as bad as the second-worst team, Joe!

Here's a couple more Strib reader comments that give you a flavor of how bad things have gotten for the Twins just two years removed from a feel-good division championship season:
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During the Twins' brief June surge last season, fans on Twitter began to affix an #ItsHappening hastag to Twins-related tweets in reference to the team's propensity for late-season runs. This year? #ItsCrappening.

Related coverage:
-- Minnesota Twins have worst run differential in the MLB, second largest attendance decline
-- 2012 Twins projections: Getting comfy in the AL Central cellar

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