canada africa partner reservation How much ground have the Twins made up in the AL Central during a 12-game winning streak?

How much ground have the Twins made up in the AL Central during a 12-game winning streak?

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After 12 games, 86 runs and three series sweeps, the Minnesota Twins’ winning streak has come to an end.

The Boston Red Sox overcame the power of the lucky rally sausage to become the first team since April 21 to defeat the Twins. We all knew the streak had to end at some point, but just because it’s over doesn’t mean the good times will stop rolling.

Minnesota has done more than just win twelve games in a row over the past two weeks; it seemingly shook off the bad energy that was weighing down the team. It hasn’t been the best start to the season for the Twins, as the team was only 7-13 when the streak began but has officially retired from the mat and returned to the AL Central race.

It’s also more than just that.

While Minnesota’s dozens of wins have helped it in the standings, the impact of the streak will extend well into the future.

There are two levels to what the impact of the winning streak will have: one is immediately tangible and the other is more philosophical.

In terms of standings, Minnesota has risen to second place in the AL Central and is just two games behind Cleveland. This is an increase from fourth place, where the Twins were when the winning streak began.

Cleveland got off to a good start, but is starting to regress to the mean, while both the Royals and Tigers are also starting to regress. All three defeated the Twins in the standings – and on the field – but things appear to be normalizing as the calendar turns to May.

Team

File

GB

Cleveland Guardians

20-12

Minnesota twins

19-14

2.5

Kansas City Royals

20-15

2.5

Detroit Tigers

18-16

4.0

Chicago WhiteSox

8-26

LOL

Minnesota still has its work cut out for it as series against the Mariners, Blue Jays and Yankees face a rematch with the Guardians. Unlike where things were two weeks ago, if all goes well, the Twins will have a chance to regain first place in the AL Central when they head to Cleveland on May 17.

That’s where the other positive part of the winning streak comes into play, one that may be even more important than Minnesota’s position in the standings. Even though the streak ended with a 9-2 loss to Boston, the way the Twins came alive over the last twelve games is why fans aren’t worried about things going back to the way they were.

Ryan Jeffers, Max Kepler, Willi Castro and Trevor Larnach all stood out over the course of the winning streak in ways that suggest the offense is finally waking up.

Larnach is hitting .368/.432/.579 with an OPS of 1.011, while Castro is hitting .400 and collecting hits in all but two games during the winning streak. These two guys aren’t expected to be the engines of the offense, yet they have been the spark plugs that have helped Minnesota outscore opponents 86-48 over the last twelve games.

Jeffers was hitting .366/.449/.659 heading into Sunday’s game against the Red Sox, while Kepler came off the IL and suffered an offensive tear that seemingly confirms a knee injury is holding him back. After taking some time to rest his knee after it injured it on Opening Day, Kepler has a 1.092 OPS with 11 RBI and just four strikeouts. That’s a stark contrast to how he slashed .050/.095/.050 with just one hit through the first six games of the season.

It’s no small example of success for those four players, and when that part of the lineup does so well, the rest falls into place. The Twins went from aggressively underperforming to a team that knows it can blow opponents away; That kind of confidence is an unquantifiable foundation that the team has created and that will be the lasting legacy of this winning streak.

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