Dozier, Twins slugging their way to postseason
On July 31, the Minnesota Twins had been in the midst of a 3-7 stretch that place them a few video games less than .500 and 4 1/2 video games out of a playoff spot.
Speedy forward to Sept. 7, and Minnesota has a 72-67 report and holds the American League’s second wild card.
There have been a several important components in this stretch — the rise of Major Pretty, Buck and Rosario to title a several –but no one participant can be credited for the team’s late-period thrust.
It is been a blended electricity surge.
Considering the fact that the commencing of August, the Twins rank second in Key League Baseball in staff slugging share (.493), further-foundation hits (133), house operates (59) and overall bases (600). Minnesota is also going garden at the time each and every 20.6 at-bats, which ranks third in the majors.
The Twins’ slugging share is the best it is been for Minnesota considering the fact that 2009 — the 12 months four players (Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer and Jason Kubel) hit around 25 homers and the staff gained the AL Central.
With a pair of homers in the Twins’ most the latest series in Tampa Bay, Brian Dozier reclaimed the staff direct for house operates with 29, a single-upping Miguel Sano, who remains on the disabled checklist.
If Dozier finishes the 12 months on top rated of the staff leaderboard for very long balls, that’ll be the fifth straight 12 months that he’s carried out so.
Hall of Famer Roger Hornsby, who played from 1915-37 and used most of his profession with the St. Louis Cardinals, is the only second baseman to direct a staff in house operates extra instances.
MLB 2B, Most Seasons Primary Staff in HR – All-Time
|Rogers Hornsby||9 (1921-25, 1927-29, 1931)|
|Fred Dunlap||5 (1880-81, 1883-85)|
|Larry Doyle||5 (1910-11, 1913, 1915, 1917)|
|Brian Dozier||5* (2013-17)|
On Thursday, Dozier and the Twins head to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas Town to face the Royals in a four-video game series with hefty playoff implications.
The Twins are 17-11 on the highway although experiencing division opponents, while they dropped a few of four video games final time they frequented Kansas Town in early July.
— The Royals have gathered 335 walks this period, lifeless final in MLB. On the other hand, Kansas Town also ranked final in walks all through its operate to the Earth Series in 2014.
— Twins starting off pitcher Kyle Gibson has held opposing hitters to a .301 slugging share at Kauffman Stadium.
— No. 1 and No. 2 places in the Twins lineup have blended for a .361 batting typical in 2017. The Royals, on the other hand, have a .298 OBP in those people two slots, which ranks second-to-final in the majors.
— Just after going 1-for-10 in his preceding a few video games, Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 in the series finale. Considering the fact that August 1, he ranks second in the American League (minimum 125 PA) with a .363 batting typical, trailing only Lorenzo Cain (.368).
— Which include his six-inning shutout in opposition to the Royals on Saturday, Kyle Gibson owns a 1.37 Era and a 10.00 strikeout-to-stroll ratio in his final a few begins following posting a 6.05 Era and a 1.50 strikeout-to-stroll ratio in his initially 21 begins.
Stats courtesy STATS