Bet you didn’t think you were witnessing baseball history

Nine hits in a four-game span. Can the Minnesota Twins be any worse? Apparently not.

The Elias Sports Bureau – via Star Tribune writer La Velle E. Neal’s blog – confirms that in the modern era (since 1900), no Major League Baseball team has ever had fewer hits in a four-game stretch than the Twins have had dating back to Tuesday.

To review:

  • Tuesday vs. Angels (Jerome Williams): 3 hits
  • Wednesday vs. Angels (Jered Weaver): 0 hits
  • Friday vs. Mariners (Jason Vargas): 5 hits
  • Saturday vs. Mariners (Felix Hernandez): 1 hit

Amazingly, the Twins actually won one of those games, which was Friday’s tilt at beautiful Safeco Field.

The Twins are calling up shortstop Brian Dozier and starter Scott Diamond, with Justin Morneau headed to the disabled list. Manager Ron Gardenhire plans to install Dozier immediately as his starting shortstop, hoping to give the offense a little “life” as he put it.

Dozier’s a very solid prospect in a system lacking big league-ready prospects. But don’t expect Dozier to be the next Hanley Ramirez or Nomar Garciaparra or anything.

But the offense could use some help. It’s slumping, although in its defense two of the last four games were against Cy Young-caliber starting pitchers.

And therein lies the problem for the Twins. They boast a decent offense when healthy, but they don’t have a single starting pitcher capable of doing to an opponent what Weaver and King Felix did to them.

So when the offense slumps – and it has to a historic level in the last few days – the Twins have almost no chance of winning. Again, it’s rather surprising that they pulled a victory out Friday all things considered.