Originally Posted by RedsManRick
They also have played only teams that are as good or better than them. How many of those starts were made by Johan Santana, who was the best pitcher in the game at the time.
Sure, 3-16 is horrible. But that doesn't make your explanation any more accurate. Show me the odds of a playoff caliber team going 3-16 against equal or better competition. Good teams have bad stretches -- bad stretches of 20 games even -- especially against very good competition.
A poor W-L is one thing. Naming a specific cause supported only by anecdote is another thing entirely, regardless of how much sense the story makes.
I'm certain there's not just one cause, but if I'm guessing, it's the relative strength of the pitching.
By the way, Santana had one of those three wins. The problem with the Twins is that they followed up Santana with Silva, Lohse, and Radke on too many occasions.