There are lots of hot teams in baseball this week. The Tigers, Rangers, Mariners, Nationals and Braves have all won seven of their last ten games. But it’s hard to find a more surprisingly hot team than the Minnesota Twins right now. Two weeks ago the team was 38-63, now after winning nine of their last 12 games, the Twins are now 46-66.
After winning two of three games in a series against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays, the Twins have actually pulled themselves out of the American League cellar. The team that has had the worst record in baseball for more days of the year than anyone else, now has a better record than four other teams all of a sudden.
The Twins won three of four games against the division leading Indians before taking two games against the Rays this past week. Last night, the Twins took the opening game against the Astros, who are dealing with struggles of their own of late.
Max Kepler and Joe Mauer were elected co-players of the week last week. Mauer went 11 for 24 including four walks, and connecting on eight RBIs. Kepler has gone six for 24, walking seven times, connecting on five RBIs and crossing the plate six times.
The team looked as though it’s rebuild process had failed only weeks ago. In fact, things looked so hopeless that the team, perhaps unjustly, fired its general manager. Now, with staples such as Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Joe Mauer excelling, and with young players such as Max Kepler, Danny Santana, Miguel Sano, and Jorge Polanco ripping the cover off the ball, the Twins look like their future is once again bright.
With impressive production coming all over the line-up, it’s not absurd to think that the Twins are only a starting pitcher or two away from permanent contention.