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


Busy Bullpen
 
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)


FranKKKKKKie

Liriano goes tonight – and he’s been awesome lately. 
 
Liriano – since July 16 (eight starts)

6-0 record
54 K’s
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