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Numbers game: Feeble Twins offense was historically bad on road trip

Numbers game: Feeble Twins offense was historically bad on road trip

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the nine hits tallied by Twins hitters over a four-game stretch on this most recent road trip were the fewest for any team in a four-game stretch in modern MLB history.

So, by comparison, the five hits tallied on Sunday -- in a 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners -- qualified as an offensive outburst.

Well, offensive probably is the correct term in this case...

Here are some more numbers from the Twins' feeble offensive road trip:

3: The number of times the Twins were shut out in six games.

3: The number of innings, out of 45, in which the Twins held a lead.

259: Plate appearances without a home run for the Twins until Ryan Doumit's blast in the seventh inning. Prior to that, the Twins hadn't homered since Trevor Plouffe hit one at Target Field on Friday, April 27.

4: Total extra-base hits in 199 plate appearances. Prior to that the Twins had at least two extra-base hits in five straight games.

5: Consecutive games with no more than one extra-base hit until Doumit's ninth-inning home run snapped the streak on Sunday. Since 1990 only 15 teams have gone six consecutive games or more with one extra-base hit or zero.

.121: The Twins' team batting average on the road trip, along with an on-base percentage right around .200. The Twins entered Los Angeles hitting .266 as a team. Six games later they are now hitting .237.

5: Consecutive games in which the Twins have tallied five hits or fewer. Only one team since 2000 has endured a longer streak (6 -- the 2002 Detroit Tigers).

1-for-17: Joe Mauer on the road trip, dropping his batting average from .325 to .278.

1-for-18: Josh Willingham on the road trip, dropping his batting average from .353 to .291.

1: Walk drawn by Danny Valencia, which matched his season total heading into Sunday. Among qualified hitters, Clint Barmes and Kurt Suzuki were the only two other hitters to have drawn one walk so far this year.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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