StaTuesday: Anatomy of Twins’ home run streak
The Minnesota Twins might not be baseball’s most powerful team, but they might be the most efficient.
The Twins are tied for 21st in the majors with 40 home runs in their 32 games. However, Minnesota is bunching those homers together.
In those 32 games, the Twins have hit at least one home run in 24 of them (75 percent). In addition, Minnesota is currently on a streak of hitting a home run in a 15 consecutive games, which is one shy of the club record set in 1979.
Minnesota had multiple homer six times during that ’79 run; this year, just four times in the 15 games.
Before this season, no Twins team had a streak as long as 12 games since 2002.
|April 28-May 15, 1979||16||28||11-5|
|April 25, 2017-current||15||25||10-5|
|Aug. 4-17, 1988||14||19||10-4|
|April 18-May 3, 1986||14||27||5-9|
|May 23-June 6, 1987||13||24||8-5|
|July 14-26, 2002||12||27||10-2|
|April 30-May 13, 1970||12||18||8-4|
The 1979 team had eight player home during their 16-game streak. Catcher Butch Wynegar his five of his seven homers that season in that span while FOX Sports North announcer Roy Smalley smashed six.
This year’s Twins team has seen 10 different players homer during the 15-game streak, including one by a player no longer with the franchise. Joe Mauer’s walk-off winner on May 5 against Boston was the only homer that game.
If this year’s Minnesota team is going to tie the franchise record for consecutive games with a home run, it’ll have to avoid a bit of a coincidence. That streak in 1979 just happened to end at home and — wait for it — on May 16. (We also will hate to point out that Colorado’s starter Tuesday is rookie Kyle Freeland, who has allowed just one homer in 40 innings.)
Dave Heller is the author of Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow, Facing Ted Williams – Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns