Minnesota Twins have been powering up in July
The Minnesota Twins’ slow start has hidden the fact the team is playing much better as of late — winning five of their last six games and seven of nine — and have pounded the ball in July.
The Twins have played .459 ball in June and July, a +.165 difference from their April-May percentage. This is the second-best differential in the American League with only Houston (+.214) better. This weekend’s opponent, Cleveland, is third at +.164.
Minnesota hasn’t been just winning more games recently. The Twins have been flexing their muscles, too.
Only one team in Major League Baseball — Boston — has a higher slugging percentage than the Twins’ .537 in July. The Red Sox are at .541, the Mets also at .537 (but the Twins is a fraction higher) and the Mariners .509.
Here is the July slugging percentages for every Twins player who is at .500 or better:
— The Twins are 9-4 vs. Cleveland and Texas — the two top teams in the American League — this season. Over the last two years, the Indians are 4-8 at Target Field.
— In the last 12 meetings in Minnesota between these two teams, they have combined for just 85 runs, or 3.54 runs per team per game.
— Minnesota’s Ervin Santana (1.63) and Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco (1.35) have the two lowest ERAs in the AL since June 19. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber (2.54) is fifth.