Mauer powering Twins’ offense early

Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is back to his winning ways at the plate in 2016.

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Joe Mauer noted in spring training that he’d found a fix for the vision issues that have plagued him since a concussion derailed his career in 2013.

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He wasn’t kidding.

Through 22 games Mauer leads the Twins in hits with 24, and is second in batting average at .316.

His on-base percentage, a whopping .459, is good enough for fourth in the majors.

Mauer has reached base 45 times so far this season, a number that ranks alongside former teammate Justin Morneau and Twins legends Rod Carew and Tony Oliva as one of the highest marks in franchise history through 22 games.

Most Times Reaching Base in first 22 Games of the Season

Mauer has reached base safely in all 22 of Minnesota’s games this season, the longest such season-opening streak since Jacque Jones’ 27-game streak in 2005.

And with the Detroit Tigers in town he should have plenty of help.

The Twins have scored four or more runs in each of their last nine games against the Tigers, the most of any team in the league when facing Detroit.

Phil Hughes has historically struggled in April, but his history against the AL Central should have the Twins feeling confident.

Hughes is one of the central’s winningest pitchers since 2014, and trails only Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox and Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals in wins over that span.

AL Central, Most Wins by Pitcher, 2014-2016

Statistics courtesy Stats, inc.