The Twins are 29-26, under .500 at home, have been outscored by 29 runs, and are also two games ahead in the AL Central. The defending AL champion Cleveland Indians, meanwhile, are 29-28, outscoring their opponents but not by much, and just dropped a series to the NL West-leading Rockies. The Tigers, meanwhile, are right behind the two of them, sitting at .500 despite some serious rotation issues that have popped up already this season and limited them to a run differential of +3 despite scoring the fourth-most runs in the AL.
The AL Central is a complete mess, and somehow, the state of the first three teams in the standings don’t completely sum up why. This whole thing, from top to bottom, is messy as hell. The Royals sit just 4.5 games back of the Twins despite the fact that having multiple key pieces completely forgetting how to hit and a rotation where everyone pitching well besides Jason Vargas is on the DL. The Royals have been outscored by 50 runs, and yet they’re somehow half-a-game up on the rebuilding White Sox, who have only been outscored by three.
Here’s the problem with today’s position, though: Teams are generally pretty OK at finding second basemen.
Our last installment about first basemen pointed us to the devastatingly sad recent history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who found more All-Star-caliber catchers over the last two decades than barely competent first basemen. There isn’t a team nearly that bad with second basemen. Of the 30 teams in baseball, two-thirds of them had a deserving starter at second just last year.