Buy low on slumping Twins offense 

April, 28, 2011
The San Diego Padres offense has been awful this season. Not that it was awesome in 2010, but so far the Padres have scored just 70 runs in 25 games, and Wednesday night Tommy Hanson and a few pals shut them out on a mere four singles. It was the seventh time the Padres have not scored a run this season. But I'm not here to pile on the Padres. That's perhaps another blog for another day.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins have scored only three more runs than the Padres have. Awful, just awful.

I know, I know, take the team's best hitter out of the lineup -- the Padres traded Adrian Gonzalez, the Twins haven't had Joe Mauer for a few weeks -- and it changes everything, but I don't think we can blame all the Twins' problems on their missing catcher. Mauer hit the disabled list with leg weakness, and there remains no precise timetable for his return. The other Twins catchers haven't exactly picked up the slack, either. Drew Butera and Steve Holm have hit - get this - a whopping .145 this season, with just one walk.