Twins offense improving over last month
Despite injuries and lineup shuffling, the Minnesota Twins have seen a surge in offense over the last month.
Up until May 22 -- which included 43 games -- the Twins were averaging just 3.5 runs per game. Since then, however, Minnesota is scoring an average of one run more per game.
Here's a breakdown of Minnesota's recent increase in offense:
|Through May 22||Since May 23|
Grossman has played in 29 games for the Twins and is batting .289 with a .425 on-base percentage and .536 slugging percentage.
Meanwhile, Dozier has rebounded from a rough start to the season. From April-May, Dozier had an OPS of .624. In June, his OPS is .977. That differential of .353 is the third-best increase in the American League in that timespan with only Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion (+.454) and Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria (+.421) doing better.
We should likely expect Joe Mauer to continue that offensive effort against the Philadelphia Phillies. Mauer owns the fourth-best batting average in interleague play (min. 300 plate appearances) among active players at .325.
-- In the something has to give department: The Twins have a -116 run differential while the Phillies are at -103.
-- The Phillies' Aaron Nola has thrown the fourth-most curveballs this season, 434 (33.4 percent of his pitches) while the Twins' Tyler Duffey has thrown the eighth-most (378, 38.7 percent).
-- Philadelphia was 24-17 in its first 41 games but are just 6-24 over its last 30 games, averaging just 2.8 runs per contest in that span.
Statistics courtesy STATS Inc.