Chris Paddack dominated with an impressive win right when the Twins needed it

Possibly the most important part of the Twins season starts out in the win column.
Colorado Rockies v Minnesota Twins
Colorado Rockies v Minnesota Twins / Adam Bettcher/GettyImages

It’s no secret that the Minnesota Twins have been one of the streakiest teams in baseball this season. They have stretches where they look like a playoff team and moments when they look like a Triple-A team.

After limping out o a 7-13 start, the Twins ripped off a 12-game winning streak to pull themselves back into the AL Central race. They then bookended a 9-3 stretch with losing streaks of five or more games,

After a road trip where they were utterly embarrassed by the New York Yankees and struggled against the Pittsburgh Pirates, they returned home hoping to get back on track. In a very small sample size, it seems things are trending in that direction.

Twins dominate Rockies, showing important signs of life after a rough road trip

To open the homestand, the Twins turned to Chris Paddack, who has been at his best at Target Field this season. Nicknamed “The Sheriff", Paddack helped restore law and order to the Twins' season against the Colorado Rockies, cruising to a 5-0 victory and sending a ripple effect through the team.

Paddack wasn’t alone, as some stellar plays in the field by Carlos Correa and Royce Lewis helped keep the Rockies in check.

The Twins finally got the bats going after an 11-run explosion to end the series against the Pirates. Though it didn’t happen immediately against the Rockies, the Twins eventually woke up offensively.  

Making good plays in the field seemed to help deliver confidence to the Twins stars as Correa had an RBI double, and it took until the eighth inning, but Lewis hit a two-run home run, adding some insurance to the Twins lead.

One of the most important aspects of tonight's win is that the Twins only struck out twice. They struggled with this on the road trip and hopefully figured something out here at home.

This start to the homestand was just what the team needed. The Twins were flashing some leather in the field, shutting down the opponent on the mound, and making the most of their opportunities at the plate. Fans will want to see these three things a lot more going forward.

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