It’s crystal clear that the 2021 MLB season hasn’t gone as planned for the Minnesota Twins.
Instead of contending, like they were supposed to, they are struggling to get out of the fifth and last position in the American League Central division.
It has been a rather unexpected turn of events, considering the team’s goals at the start of the season.
Naturally, fans aren’t thrilled with the Twins’ performance in 2021.
Here are the three top reasons why the fans should be furious.
3. They Are Dead Last
The Minnesota Twins are in last place of their division, and that alone is the primary reason why fans are furious at the team right now.
The Twins have a 25-37 record as of Friday afternoon: only the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers have been worse in the AL.
It’s quite a change for a team that led the AL Central last season with a 36-24 record in the shortened 60-game calendar.
For Minnesota, a franchise that has advanced to postseason play frequently in the last few years, occupying last place in June is humiliating.
Manager Rocco Baldelli is now using top prospects Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach, but the Twins’ contention window has been open for years now and they have been unable to get past the first round.
2. Tough Injury Luck
Perhaps one of the reasons that can explain why the team is in last place is the rash of injuries affecting the big league roster.
Byron Buxton, by far the Twins best player and the leader in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) with 2.4, has been nursing a hip strain since early May.
Losing him has been a big blow for the franchise.
Since 2019, the #MNTwins are 97-53 when Byron Buxton plays and 64-68 when he doesn’t.
— Nash Walker (@Nashwalker9) June 9, 2021
He is nearing a return to play and homered two times in Thursday’s rehab game, but there is a chance that the damage has already been done.
Maeda, who was supposed to be the ace of the staff, has struggled to the tune of a 5.27 ERA in 42.2 innings.
He, like Buxton, is on a rehab assignment, and the Twins can only hope his sore right arm and his right adductor strain are completely healed and he can go back to being the pitcher he was in 2020.
Kirilloff injured his ankle this week and may require a trip to the injured list, a place that Pineda already visited this year and that currently hosts contributors such as Devin Smeltzer and Caleb Thielbar.
1. Alex Colome’s Struggles
The Twins paid reliever Alex Colome considerable money to be the closer.
So far, he has responded with a 4.91 ERA and three blown saves in 22 innings.
He was so bad at the start of the season that he has more blown saves than saves (two).
Baldelli had to remove him from the closer role and later stopped using him in high-leverage situations with the intention of getting himself straightened out in a low-stress environment.
He has improved since late April to this point, considering that his ERA was 8.31 through April 27.
"We will have to obviously do everything we can to help a player going through a difficult time."#MNTwins skipper Rocco Baldelli shares some insight into Alex Colomé's struggles. pic.twitter.com/9UqNMF1UYE
— Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR) April 27, 2021
However, he is not nearly as reliable as the Twins thought he would be.