The month of May for the Minnesota Twins was quite disappointing to say the least. It was a month filled with injuries to key players in Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and Joe Mauer. Thankfully, heading into May the Twins were only a few games back from the Cleveland Indians due to their slow start, but the gap between 1st and 2nd in the American League Central Division has only grown since.
In the 28 games the Twins played in May, they came away with a record of 13-15. Bringing their overall record to 22-30.
Unfortunately, the Twins haven’t been able to score runs and pitch well in the same games often enough this year. Just recently, the Twins played the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians with the Twins allowed 7+ runs in the first few innings, but managed to hold the opposing team’s lead while making a huge comeback themselves which eventually fell short resulting in two losses. It just seems to be one of the other for pitching or hitting on this year’s team as of now.
Who had the best months of May on this roster?
Fernando Romero, other than his most recent start against the Royals, has pitched incredibly since being called up to the Majors for his first ever big league start. He currently has an ERA of 4.15, which has been inflated because of that last start, but previously sat at about 1.8. In his 30.1 innings pitched he has struck at 30 batters and has walked 14 batters. Romero has been a great addition to a starting rotation that needed to find a replacement for Phil Hughes, who struggled mightily this season and has since been traded away to the San Diego Padres.
Another name that’s been great for the Twins is the man out in left field, Eddie Rosario. Building off his month of April, Rosario has worked his On Base Percentage to .339, while providing the most RBIs and total bases on the team. Eddie is a joy to watch with his personality and aggressiveness at the plate or on the base path (unless he gets caught being too aggressive, which happens a little too often). He’s been one of the bright spots in a lineup still looking to find some momentum as they head into the month of June.
Eduardo Escobar has had nice May himself. He’s hit for power which is supported by his 10 home runs, which leads the team. Escobar has a similar OBP to Rosario at .327. Escobar has also scored 30 runs of his own, which are great contributions to a team in desperate need to support their pitching staff.
Heading into June, things appear to be on the rise. The Twins took down the division leading Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Target Field. The win was fueled by great hitting and really nice pitching from Jose Berrios. If most of June follows the same suit as this game, the Twins will almost definitely close the gap of 5.5 games back from the Indians, right into the heart of a division race which could last all the way into September.
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