Minnesota Twins and Their Players Enjoy Amazing August
The Minnesota Twins are having an amazing August as a team, and their players are matching that impressive performance
While the Minnesota Twins have surged to possession of the second American League Wild Card spot with a 16-10 August record. Twins players have followed suit with some incredible months. With just a week left in the month, let’s take a look at the impressive displays going on this month:
The Twins in 26 games have scored 148 runs as a team. They’ve hit .272/.340/.476 as a team with 37 doubles, 6 triples, and 43 home runs. The team has stolen 18 bases and posted an 86/195 walk to strikeout rate.
Some of the best individual performances:
- The biggest improvement to his season numbers has come from Jorge Polanco, who has hit .376/.411/.647 over the month on 93 plate appearances with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, and 3 stolen bases. He’s tied for the team lead on the month with 20 RBI.
- Joe Mauer has been on fire this month. He’s come to the plate 102 times, hitting .341/.402/.440 with 6 doubles, a home run, and 11 RBI.
- Much like last August, Brian Dozier is having a power explosion this month, as he’s hit .313/.414/.626 this month over 116 plate appearances with 2 doubles, a triple, and 9 home runs, and 3 triples. He has walked 15 times this month, leading the team in runs with 23 and RBI with 20.
- Eddie Rosario has come to the plate in 105 times, hitting .305/.343/.589 with 6 doubles and 7 home runs, tying for the team lead with 20 RBI.
- The big story of the month has been the revival of Byron Buxton at the plate and his incredible play in the field. Buxton has hit .304/.340/.543 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, and 7 stolen bases without being caught.
- While their batting averages on the month weren’t as quality, both Miguel Sano and Max Kepler each have slugged over .500 for the month, with Sano hitting 4 home runs, and Kepler hitting 7.
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The Minnesota Twins have allowed 109 runs for a 3.94 ERA over the month with a 1.17 WHIP as a team. In 228 1/3 innings thrown, the team has completed two games, allowed 34 home runs, and posted a 63/201 walk to strikeout rate.
Some of the best individual performances:
- Ervin Santana made 5 starts, throwing 33 innings, with a 2.73 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 8/35 BB/K ratio
- Bartolo Colon has gone 4-1 over 5 starts, throwing 33 2/3 innings, with a 3.21 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and a 9/19 BB/K ratio
- Dillon Gee made 6 appearances, 2 of them starts, throwing 22 2/3 innings, with a 3.18 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and a 3/21 BB/K ratio
- Ryan Pressly has made 11 appearances, throwing 15 innings, posting a 1.20 ERA, 0.53 WHIP, and a 3/8 BB/K ratio
- Alan Busenitz has thrown 11 2/3 innings in 9 appearances with a 1.54 ERA, 0.43 WHIP, and a 2/10 BB/K ratio
- Taylor Rogers made 8 appearances, throwing 7 1/3 innings, posting a 2.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and a 4/8 BB/K ratio
- Trevor Hildenberger has appeared in 11 games, throwing 10 innings, allowing a 2.70 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a 1/11 BB/K ratio
- He made just one spot start, but Aaron Slegers allowed 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3
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Of course, not everyone is having an elite month…
- Ehire Adrianza is hitting .111/.212/.148 in 33 plate appearances
- Robbie Grossman is hitting .189/.250/.297 in 40 plate appearanes
- Eduardo Escobar is hitting .203/.289/.316 in 91 plate appearances
- Buddy Boshers made 6 appearances, throwing 3 1/3 innings, posting a 13.50 ERA, 2.10 WHIP, and posting a 2/3 BB/K ratio
- They only made a combined 5 appearances, but Glen Perkins and John Curtiss posted a 13.50 ERA
- A few arms combined for struggles in the rotation over a combined 5 starts. Tim Melville allowed 5 runs over 3 1/3 innings, Adalberto Mejia allowed 7 runs over 7 innings, and Dietrich Enns allowed 4 runs (3 earned) over 4 innings