During Minnesota's recent home stand, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked about his team not being able to get over the hump of the .500 mark. For the most part this season, Minnesota has hovered around a .500 record, give or take a few games in either direction.
The Twins have yet to go more than two games over .500, and Monday's 5-1 loss to Atlanta dropped Minnesota to a season-low five games under .500. Given the way the last two seasons finished, playing .500 baseball might not seem like such a bad thing for the Twins.
Gardenhire made it clear, however, that he has expected more from his team throughout the first 40 games.
"We want to win," Gardenhire said. "We want to win baseball games and win series. Our goals are to win series. When you do that, then you start moving above .500. That's definitely not a goal of ours to stay .500. That's a defeatist attitude, and I'm not into that."
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