The Minnesota Twins are sad to flip the calendar to June. The month of May was good to them. The Twins entered the month with a record of 10-12 and found themselves in third place in the American League Central. It’s now June 1st and the Twins are in first place in the Central and own the best record in the American League, with a 30-19 mark.
The Twins finished the month with a 20-7 record. It’s the ninth time in franchise history that they won 20 games in a month. It’s the first time they’ve won 20 games in month since 1991. We all know how that season ended for the Twins.
The Twins kick off June by traveling to Boston to take on the Red Sox. The Twins swept the Red Sox in a three-game series this past week at Target Field.
The Red Sox have lost three straight and will look to get back on track. Despite their 22-29 record, they are only four games out of first place in the American League East.
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May 31, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins third basemanTrevor Plouffe
(24) celebrates with second basemanBrian Dozier
(2) after scoring in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
1. While the month of May was good to the Twins, it was a month to forget for Danny Santana. The Twins shortstop struggled, hitting just .205 with 20 strikeouts.
2. Brian Dozier currently leads all second baseman in home runs (9) and runs scored (41). Dozier is performing like one of the best second baseman in the league, if not thee best, yet he’s not even in the Top Five for All-Star voting among second baseman. In his last seven games he’s hitting .310 with two home runs and five RBIs.
3. Trevor Plouffe is currently hitting .279 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs. He’s been more patient at the plate this season and he’s much improved in the field. He’s been raking as of late. In his last seven games, Plouffe is hitting .379 with two home runs and seven RBIs.
The Twins currently own the best record in the American League. If they want to be taken seriously as a contender these are the type of series they need to win moving forward. They can make a statement that their run in May was no fluke by winning the first series in June at Fenway.
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