Granted this success comes at the expense of Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland and the Cubs. With the exception of the Cubs, all of these teams still have a better record than the Twins.
The single-biggest reason for the Twins turnaround can be pinpointed to one player—starting pitcher Scott Diamond.
Before Diamond joined the rotation, the Twins were the last team in baseball to win their 10th game of the season, taking 25 games to achieve the mark. With his win over the Cubs on Saturday, the last team in baseball still trying to get to 20 wins, Diamond now leads the Twins with a 5-1 record and a 1.61 ERA.