Gameday Stats and Facts: September 1
Posted: Sept. 1, 2010 11:55 a.m. CT
By Robby Incmikoski
FOX Sports North
How Did They Do It?
The Twins came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3, and in the seventh inning, they scored two runs on just one hit.
Twins – in inning 7+ this season
|MLB Rank||AL Rank|
|197 runs scored||9th||3rd (TB, NYY)|
|401 hits||4th||2nd (KC – seriously)|
|.273 avg||3rd (KC, STL)||2nd|
September is Here!
Let’s take a look at where the Twins stand as we begin the final month of the season – 30 games left.
1st place in AL Central
4-game lead on CWS
11-game lead on DET
– Won 18 games in August – most in the AL – and winningest August since 2003
– Most wins in a month since September of 2006
– Twins are 6-1 at home vs. DET this year
– 30-14 since MLB All-Star Game
The Twins are hoping for a long start from Frankie tonight.
Fuentes had a stiff back while warming up and will need a day or two.
Capps threw an inning last night.
Crain, Flores and Gurrier made an appearance last night.
The moves the Twins made in the past month may prove to be important down the stretch – take a look…
Two or more 20+ save pitchers on one team in season, AL since 1969
|2010 Minnesota Twins||Capps (33), Fuentes (24), Rauch (21)|
|2001 Clevelnad Indians||Wickman (32), Rocker (23)|
|2001 Boston Red Sox||Lowe (24), Urbina (24)|
|2000 Cleveland Indians||Wickman (30), Karsay (20)|
|1993 New York Yankees||Lee Smith (46), Farr (25)|
|1992 Oakland Athletics||Eckersley (51), Russell (30)|
|1991 Toronto Blue Jays||Henke (32), Ward (23)|
Liriano goes tonight – and he’s been awesome lately.
Liriano – since July 16 (eight starts)
14 runs allowed
1 HR allowed
7+ IP in five starts
Twins have won seven of his last eight starts – this follows a stretch where the Twins lost five straight Liriano starts
Other fun stuff
– Miguel Cabrera – batting .500 (13-26), 6 runs, 2 HR, 7 RBI in seven games at Target Field.
– Cabrera has a 13-game hit streak and is also on pace to set a pretty impressive record – 2nd in AL in avg (.340 – J. Hamilton leads with .361) – and leads MLB with 75 extra-base hits.
* If Hamilton returns to earth and Cabrera goes on to lead the American League in hitting — while also leading in extra-base hits — he’s putting himself in some amazing company. Only five players have led the AL in both categories since World War II — and four of them (Yaz, Robinson, Mickey Mantle and Williams) won the Triple Crown the year they did it.
But to lead the league in extra-base hits without leading in homers, while still winning the batting title, is a feat we haven’t seen in 46 years in the AL. Last man to do it: Tony Oliva in 1964. Before him, you have to go back to Snuffy Stirnweiss in 1945.
Teams making playoffs in first year at a new stadium (in this era of new stadiums)
|2009 Yankees||Yankee Stadium|
|2006 Cardinals||Busch Stadium|
|2000 Giants||Pacific Bell Park|
|1997 Braves||Turner Field|
|1995 Rockies||Coors Field|
|1989 Blue Jays||SkyDome|