Throughout this season I am going to do a weekly rundown covering the Minnesota Twins going over who’s hot, who’s not, and who to keep an eye on. On top of that I’ll be doing a quick series rundown using stats. Enjoy!
Series Recap- V. Royals (4/3-4/6)
Twins: 3-0 (21-5)
AVG: .263 HR: 2 RBI: 21 OBP: .407
2-out RBI: 11
3-0 ERA: 1.67 SO: 23 BB: 9 WHIP: 0.93
POTS: Jason Castro, C – AVG: .500 R: 4 HR: 0 RBI: 3 OBA: .750
Series Recap- @ White Soxs (4/7-4/9)
Twins: 2-1 (9-8)
AVG: .225 HR: 3 RBI: 8 OBP: .262
2-out RBI: 2
2-1 ERA: 2.33 SO: 19 BB: 5 WHIP: 1.11
POTS: Miguel Sano, 3B – AVG: .273 R: 1 HR: 1 RBI: 3 OBA: .333
Series Recap- @ Tigers (4/11-4/13)
Twins: 1-2 (15-12)
AVG: .206 HR: 4 RBI: 15 OBP: .319
2-out RBI: 9
1-2 ERA: 4.00 SO: 17 BB: 7 WHIP: 0.96
POTS: Max Kepler, RF – AVG: .375 R: 3 HR: 1 RBI: 3 OBA: .444
Series Recap- V. White Soxs (4/14-4/16)
Twins: 1-2 (8-5)
AVG: 238 HR: 1 RBI: 8 OBP: .325
2-out RBI: 0
ERA: 1.61 SO: 22 BB: 4 WHIP: 0.79
POTS: Ervin Santana, SP – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 SO, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 SO
Ervin Santana, SP: 22.0 IP, 3-0, 0.41 ERA, 15 SO, 5 BB, 0.45 WHIP
Ervin Santana finished the second half of last season with a 2.65 ERA and only allowing opposing hitters to hit .224. He kicked off his 2017 campaign picking up right where he left off only allowing one earned run through 22 innings. His next start is April 20th where he’ll face off against former CY Young winner Corey Kluber and the 5-7 Indians.
Byron Buxton, CF: AVG: 0.93, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 23 SO .152 OBP
Twins fans had reason to be excited after Buxton exploded in September hitting .277 with seven home runs and 18 runs batted in. It seemed the Twins thought the hype was real as well as he kicked off the season hitting in the three spot. Buxton has slowly been falling down the lineup, and one of the only things keeping him in his everyday spot is the digression of backup Danny Santana. Going into the 2015 season MLB had Buxton ranked as the number prospect over names like Corey Seager (LAD), Dansby Swanson (ATL), Trea Turner (WSH), and Nomar Mazara (TEX).
Keep an eye on:
Jose Berrios, SP: 14.0 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 S0, 1 BB, 0.57 WHIP (AAA)
Going into the 2015 season MLB ranked Berrios as the number 20 overall prospect, and he was ranked as the second best in the Twins organization. Unfortunately, his first run in the majors did not go smoothly as he finished last season with a 3-7 record, 8.02 ERA, and sky high 1.87 WHIP. Overall, the 22-year old is worth keeping an eye on. Twins could end up having a very scary pitching rotation by the second half of the season.
The Twins started out the 2016 season 0-9, not getting their first win till mid-April. This season kicked off to a completely different start, sweeping the Kansas City Royals. Outscoring them 21-5 throughout the three game series. The bullpen was magnificent going 10 innings striking out 11 not allowing a single run and hoisting a microscopic 0.80 WHIP. The Twins would lose two of their next three series, but they still have a 7-5 record to show. The Twins didn’t record their seventh with until their 21st game a season ago. Santana, Santiago, and Hughes combined for a 6-1 record, 1.58 ERA, 34 SO, 11 BB, and a 0.76 WHIP during the first two weeks of the season. They’re a huge reason why the Twins currently lead all of majors with a combined 2.46 ERA and have the lowest average against at .174. Miguel Sano is currently third in the league with 12 runs batted in, and is tied in first with walks (11). Minnesota is currently fourth in the American league with an OBP of .334. Big series coming up this week against defending AL champs the Cleveland Indians; first pitch is set for 8:10 p.m. this Monday.