The Minnesota Twins Are off to a Hot Start in 2019
Just two years ago, the Minnesota Twins made it to the postseason as the second wild card in the American League and they lost to the New York Yankees. Minnesota missed the postseason last season. So far in 2019, the Twins have been of the biggest surprises in all of baseball and they currently sit in first place in the AL Central with a 33-16 record and Minnesota leads the division by eight games over the Cleveland Indians.
A lot of people expected Cleveland to run away with the division this season, but the opposite has happened. The Minnesota Twins could very well run away with the division this season. Minnesota also has the best record in all of baseball right now and they could finish with the best record in baseball if they continue to stay hot.
The Twins, indeed, have one of the best offenses in all of baseball. In fact, this team has already hit 98 home runs this season and it is only Memorial Day Weekend. Outfielder Eddie Rosario could be an all-star once again this season. His batting average so far this season is .274 with 14 home runs and 39 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Rosario’s on-base percentage is .302.
First baseman C.J. Cron‘s batting average so far this season is .271 with 13 home runs and 30 RBI’s. His on-base percentage is .339.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop has had a very good year after signing as a free agent this offseason. His batting average is .270 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI’s. Schoop’s on-base percentage is .312.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz has a .270 batting average with seven home runs and 22 RBI’s. His on-base percentage is .354.
Outfielder Max Kepler has a .260 batting average with 10 home runs and 25 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. His on-base percentage is .338.
This team usually doesn’t steal a lot of bases and outfielder Byron Buxton leads the team in steals with eight.
Minnesota has had very underrated starting pitching this season. It will be needed if they want to make a run at the World Series. The last time the Twins won it all was in 1991.
Jake Odorizzi‘s record so far this season is 6-2 with a 2.38 ERA. In 53 innings pitched, he has given up 37 hits and 15 runs. Odorizzi has walked 19 batters and struck out 52.
Martin Perez‘s record so far this season is 7-1 with a 2.95 ERA. In 58 innings pitched, he has given up 51 hits and 20 runs. Perez has walked 26 batters and struck out 56.
Jose Berrios record so far this season is 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA. In 63.2 innings pitched, he has given up 61 hits and 24 runs. Berrios has walked 11 batters and has struck out 60.
Minnesota has a very good bullpen. They don’t have a true closer, but it has been a very effective system for them up to this point and many teams don’t use only closer anymore.
Blake Parker has eight saves in eight attempts this season. His record is 0-1 with a 1.10 ERA. In 16.1 innings pitched, Parker has given up nine hits and two runs. He has walked seven batters and has struck out 12.
Taylor Rogers has four saves in five attempts this season. His record is 1-0 with a 1.33 ERA. In 20.1 innings pitched, he has given up 22 hits and only three runs. Rogers has walked five batters and has struck out 27.
Rocco Baldelli is in his first season as manager with the Minnesota Twins. He has been very successful at what he is doing so far. Baldelli played in the major leagues from 2003-2010. He played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Boston Red Sox.
There is obviously a lot of baseball left to be played but Minnesota is off to a very good start to the season. However, they will have to be worried about taking down the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays, or the Boston Red Sox in the postseason if they get there.
The Cleveland Indians could go on a run and surprise them because Cleveland has reached the playoffs for the last four seasons. However, this might be the season they miss the postseason and it could open up the window for the Minnesota Twins to own this division for the next couple of seasons and maybe beyond depending on the development of the Chicago White Sox.
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