Since 1991, when the Twins won the World Series, they have been up and down. They even faced contraction, in 2002, not the residue of a successful franchise. Under the guidance of manager Ron Gardenhire (2002-2015) the Twins won 6 division titles during his 13 year reign. They always were stymied by those Damn Yankees in the playoffs. They were always a couple players away, from being a legitimate American League contender.
The Pohlad family hired the dynamic duo of Falvey & Levine in 2016. This year is the first year, they have fully put their own team together, starting with a new young(37) manager;Rocco Baldelli, and all new position coaches. In this off season, they acquired the following players, relatively inexpensively. They appear to be team oriented, happy to be a twin, and fit the mold of what Falvey & Levine were looking for.
Michael Pineda……$ 8,000,000
Jonathon Shoop…..$ 7,500,000
Martin Perez……….$ 3,500,000
The Twins are coming off of a 3 game series with the Toronto Bluejays, where they outscored them 20-1, outhit them 38-8, out homered them 8-1, and had an ERA of 0.45 vs the Bluejays 8.56. Kyle Gibson strikes out 11. Total Domination!
Just short of the 25% mark of the season, here’s some fun facts for those Twins fans, who have been waiting for some bragging rights:
The Twins have the best record in Baseball: 23-12.
Rosario leads in homers with 13. Annual pace of 52.
Polanco is leading the league in hitting @.344.
Polanco is number 3 in slugging % at .603.
Buxton leads league in doubles with 15.
Berrios is 6-1, with a 2.53 ERA.
Perez is 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA.
Garver,Polanco,Cruz,Kepler,Cron all have 7 homers. Annual pace of 28.
The Twins are definitely hitting on all cylinders.