Friday, August 14, 2009

The best player in baseball

Joe Mauer (right) entered Friday's game with a .370 batting average. He went 3-for-3 with two walks.

He leads the league in batting average (.375). He leads the league in on-base percentage (.444). He leads the league in slugging percentage (.622). None of these categories are particularly close.

He has 72 RBIs, which (as of the moment of writing) was tied for 12th in the American League. This despite missing a full month of the season.

* The Twins on Friday collected just their fourth win of August. Friday's win was 11-0. Their other wins this month have been by scores of 10-1, 11-0 and 7-1. Laughers all.

Three of their seven losses this month have been by one run; another loss, by two runs, was tied in the eighth inning. (The other three have been blowouts.)

Joe Nathan has pitched twice in August. He hasn't had a save opportunity since July 29.

The Twins simply aren't winning close games right now.

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