Twins’ Miguel Sano racking up extra bases
Of Sano’s 38 hits, 63.2% — 13 home runs, 10 doubles and a triple — have gone for extra bases this season.
It’s the second-largest such percentage in the majors since Sano debuted May 16 after missing the first six weeks of the season with a foot injury.
The top five features three All-Stars, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell.
The Twins could use all of those extra bases during their four-game series with the Oakland Athletics.
First up, Oakland ace Mike Fiers on Thursday. The veteran right-hander struggled out of the gate in April but has a 2.29 ERA since May 1, second in the AL.
Sano and the Twins will look to pounce on Fiers early in counts.
Minnesota has 72 extra-base hits on the first pitch this season, while Oakland has 60.
Both teams have teed off on fastballs. The A’s have a 1.076 team OPS on fastballs this month, tied with the Los Angeles Angels for first in the American League, while the Twins rank second with a .952 OPS.
Statistics via Sportradar