For the second straight day the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals with ease. Friday night the Twins scored two runs in the first inning, and five in the fourth to propel them to a 10-1 victory, and Saturday was a similar story as they scored one in the first, and six in the second inning, which was all the offense needed to beat the Royals 7-1.
The Twins’ offense has been surprisingly efficient all season long as they have now scored 63 runs, which ranks third in the majors through 11 games played. A recent surge in power from Brian Dozier, who hit his fourth home run of the year today, has helped this offense be successful despite a pedestrian .249 team batting average.
While the offense for the Twins has been stellar the last two games, their starting pitching has been equally as impressive by allowing just two earned runs in 14.1 innings pitched — thanks to a 6.1 innings effort from Kyle Gibson last night, and 8 innings from ace Ricky Nolasco today. The Twins had one of the worst starting rotations in the majors last season, but with the early success of Gibson and now Nolasco it might be time the rest of the rotation follows, because as the Twins are showing, both hitting and pitching are contagious.
A few everyday players are struggling, such as Aaron Hicks (.176 BA), Pedro Florimon (.080), and Josmil Pinto (.211), meaning the Twins have plenty of room for improvement if those younger players can hold their own. Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the season this afternoon — a three-run shot — but with a season batting average of just .244 he’s a player who must step up if the offensive success is to continue.
The Twins will be attempting to complete a sweep of the Royal on Sunday as the two squads square off with Kevin Correia taking the mound for the Minnesota. Correia’s opponent on the hill will be Jason Vargas, a six-year veteran who’s 1.20 ERA this season is far better than his career average (4.25). The Twins are riding high at the moment, and another big time win over the Royal isn’t that far of a stretch for one of the best scoring offenses in the major leagues.
If the Twins can continue to play the way they are now they will have a few players represent them at this year’s All-Star Game, which will be held at their very own park. Click here to get your MLB All-Star Game tickets before they run out.