The Minnesota Twins are now a third of the way through the regular season, and are currently sitting in fifth place in the AL Central Division. With that said, it’s time to evaluate how they have done so far this season.
When it comes to batting, the Twins could do with some improvement. As of Sunday, the Twins have 49 home runs, which is the fourth most home runs by a team in the AL Central Division and 22nd in baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners. Brian Dozier leads the Twins with 12 home runs, and Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia have both hit four of their own since returning to the lineup after missing two months of regular season play due to wrist injuries.
With 120 extra-base hits, the Twins sit in third among the division. Only five players in the roster have extra-base hits in the double digits, with Trevor Plouffe leading with 23.
The Twins have also brought in 248 RBIs over the course of the season, which puts them in fourth in the division and 14th overall in the Major Leagues. Plouffe and Dozier are the only two current players who have 30 or more RBIs.
The last thing to point out is that the Twins have 35 stolen bases, which ranks them fourth in the division and 15th overall. Dozier leads the team with 13 of his own, which is more than double that of the next leading base stealer, which is Pedro Florimon at six stolen bases.
Overall, more Twins players really need to pick up their batting numbers if the team wants to be serious contenders for the division at the end of the season. There is no way they will be able to do so if they continue to rely on one or two people to carry them through.
There’s no surprise here that the pitching staff is still struggling. In Sunday’s game alone, not one but two grand slams were given up to the Houston Astros.
Together, pitching has an ERA of 4.49, which ranks them fifth in the AL Central Division and 29th in the Major Leagues. A .269 average places them in the same position. The number of earned runs allowed sits at 273, which again puts the Twins in last place in the division, and third overall behind the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. The Twins have given up just 54 home runs so far, which puts them at third in the division and 19th overall with the Toronto Blue Jays.
To give a more individual perspective, Phil Hughes is the only starting pitcher with a winning record and has the most wins out of anybody in the roster. Glen Perkins is the only pitcher who has any saves for the team, with 16 out of 18 save opportunities under his belt. Matt Guerrier has the best ERA at 2.38, but he has only pitched 11.1 innings over 10 games.
So, it’s pretty obvious that pitching needs to pick it up and improve dramatically in the next three and a half months of regular season play. If not, then the Twins may not have much of a chance to overtake the division any time soon.
For now, all I can say is, let’s hope that things begin to turn around. If not, the Twins should get comfortable now with where they are at in the Central Division.