While the Minnesota Twins have had their fair share of struggles thus far into the 2018 season, Eddie Rosario has served as one of the bright spots on a team with many key players not producing as they should.
Rosario has an OBP of .352 along with a 13 home runs and 40 RBIs, 55 games into the season. As Buster Onley loves to do on Twitter, those numbers would put him on pace for about 38-40 homers and about 110-120 RBIs. Obviously incredible numbers for the Twins left fielder.
A more analytic approach to Rosario’s 2018 season would say that he leads the team in WAR at 2.6, good enough to be tied for the 10th best in the MLB. Rosario has a WAA at 1.8, by far the highest he’s had in his four year major league career. (baseball-reference.com)
We witnessed a performance for the ages from Rosario just yesterday when the Minnesota Twins took on the Cleveland Indians in the final game of a four game series. A series in which the Twins had won two of the possible three, but needed the final game to gain some ground on their division leading opponents.
In the 1st inning of the contest, Rosario reached out for a pitch low and away and managed to put past the left outfield wall for a home run. Only a solo shot but any run is needed when taking on the Indians.
Rosario would strike again in the 7th. With the game tied at four a piece, Rosario belted another solo shot to right field to give the Twins a one run lead heading into the closing innings of the ball game.
Unfortunately, Twins’ relief pitched Addison Reed allowed a solo home run to Michael Brantley which tied things up going into the 9th inning.
The top of the order were due to hit for the Twins going into the bottom of the 9th with Brian Dozier, Eddie Rosario, and Miguel Sano. Dozier had a great at bat which lead to him being walked by Indians’ reliever Cody Allen. Then the red hot Eddie Rosario stepped up to the plate with a chance to send the Twins’ crowd home happy.
With the count at 2-1, Rosario smashed a pitch to deep center, just over the scoreboard wall to walk off on our division rivals. His third home run of the day. It what was one of the more memorable individuals performances I have seen in a long time. With his parents in the crowd, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the scene could not have been painted any better.
Eddie Rosario is having himself an incredible season, and it makes sense why his agent did not want to sign an extension last offseason because Rosario has shown to be not only one of the best players on this Twins roster but in both the AL and NL. Rosario is not only a fan favorite for his personality, but he’s now one of the best producers on a team with aspirations for a playoff run this fall.
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