Gameday Stats and Facts: September 21

Posted: Sept. 21, 2010 12:55 p.m. CT

Anthony LaPanta

The Twins are in unfamiliar territory with the possibility of clinching a playoff spot weeks before the season ends.

Down to the Wire
Twins last three playoff years

 2009  Won game 163
 2008  Lost game 163
 2006  Clinched ALC in game 162


Last night, Danny Valencia continued his outstanding rookie season. Since he arrived in Minnesota in early June, no rookie has hit for a higher average.

First Year Phenoms
Top rookies since June 3 (minimum 250 PA)

 Danny Valencia, Minnesota  .335
 Chris Johnson, Houston  .328
 Buster Posey, San Francisco  .317
 Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs  .309
 John Jay, Saint Louis  .308


Valencia also hit another home run. After failing to hit a home run all season in the minor leagues and in his first 27 big league games, he is suddenly hitting for power.

Muscle Up
Valencia adds power to his game

   49 AAA Games  First 19 MLB Games  Last 54 MLB Games
 Avg.  .292  .315  .340
 2B  15  1  16
 HR  0  0  5
 RBI  24  2  32
 SLG  .373  .333  .508


Scott Baker makes his return to the mound for the first time since Sept. 2. He has been the winningest Twins