Although the Minnesota Twins are in the bottom third of almost every offensive statistic, they have become very fun to watch night in and night out.
It may not always be pretty. It may not always be perfect. But that’s what makes sports so fun, right? It’s true, the edge-of-your seat excitement comes from knowing a team can do something and hoping they will do it. The Minnesota Twins have brought that excitement back.
From six home-runs days to three hits days, the Twins have most definitely hit both ends of the spectrum. Lately, the offense seems to be hitting it’s stride, averaging 5.5 runs per game over their last 10 games. But let’s be honest, we know it won’t stay that way.
The Twins’ offensive rankings compared to the rest of the league show that they have been and will be inconsistent. Minnesota ranks 20th in the MLB in runs scored, 26th in hits, 23rd in home-runs, 17th in batting average and 17th in slugging percentage.
So, what does make them so exciting to watch? It’s a combination of things. First of all, their patience at the plate has been great this year. Also, they have shown streaks of having extremely powerful bats. Finally, their inconsistency makes them so exciting.
More from Puckett's Pond
- Minnesota Twins: Grading the Twins’ Joey Gallo signing
- Minnesota Twins: 4 Possible Trade Chips not named Kepler or Arraez
- Minnesota Twins: After missing out on Correa, what comes next?
- Minnesota Twins: Free Agency should be Ace or Bust for the Rotation
- Minnesota Twins: Grading the Christian Vazquez Signing
Patience at the Plate
It’s a simple concept; the more discipline you have at the plate, the better pitches you are going to get. The Twins have been one of the best teams in the league at working the count, and it’s shown by their numbers compared to others around the league.
While we just talked about how mediocre their offensive numbers are, let’s talk about their positive offensive numbers. They are 9th in on-base percentage, with an OBP of .332. They are 6th in the MLB in walks, totaling up 125 so far this season.
So while the actual walks themselves may not be exciting, it’s the opportunity they provide that brings excitement. Each walk provides a new base-runner that has the potential to be a run very soon. Baseball is always more fun when you have runners on base.
We all know that Miguel Sano has the power to hit a 450 foot home-run just about anytime he wants, but other players have brought that kind of power to the plate as well. Just recently, Kennys Vargas has shown that he has the power to be a solid middle-of-the-lineup hitter.
The Minnesota Twins have the ability to explode with powerful bats any and every game. Take May 2nd for example, when the Twins blasted 6 home-runs against the visiting Athletics. The fact is, anyone in the Twins’ lineup has the skill to have a multi-home-run game.
While it may not happen every game, the possibility of the Twins’ offense exploding is something that will bring fans to watch every game, hoping they don’t miss that one game the Twins go off. The long-ball brings excitement, and Twins’ fans have definitely seen that this year.
Let’s take a step back from the positives and dip back into the negative portion of this article again. Honestly, though, this is what has made the Twins so exciting so far this season: you never know what you’re going to get.
One game, you may watch a one-hit shutout by a 34 year-old veteran. The next game, you watch a 6 home-run game. The one after that, you watch the Twins put together 8 hits and only score 1 run. It’s the inconsistency that keeps you coming back. As Aerosmith said it best, you don’t want to miss a thing.
The inconsistency of the Twins could also be the demise of them, though. I’m talking about standings-wise and excitement-wise. It can be extremely frustrating to watch a team play so good one night then can’t even catch a pop-up the next. Some fans would be quick to give up on a team like that.
We won’t give up on these Twins, though. Being Twins’ fans, we are used to the inconsistency. We are used to getting our hopes up and getting them crushed. That’s what we love about our Minnesota Twins, and that’s why we will keep watching. Go Twins!