By taking two of three against the Royals in Kansas City the Twins have now won three consecutive series, accumulating a 7-2 record. It's always rewarding to see this team play well, partially because it gets depressing watching your team lose 65% of their games but also because it shows that there really are a few players on this team that might be able to help anchor the inevitable change.
Just looking back over these last three games, who gets your vote?
Justin Morneau: 3-for-12, BB, HR, 4 RBI, 4 K
Justin's fifth inning homer in game one of this series put the Twins up and they wouldn't look back, in spite of it being a 10-7 slugfest. His two-run single in game three, also in the fifth, turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. While his batting average (.237) and on-base percentage (.302) are light years away from where he was at his best, Morneau is still brandishing a good deal of power (.500 slugging).
Ben Revere: 5-for-11, 3B, SB, 2 RBI, 4 R
Revere had just one plate appearance in game two, but in games one and three he was a big part of the offense as he scored twice in each contest. With a leadoff triple in the seventh inning of game three he put the Twins in a great position to cushion their lead, which they did thanks to Jamey Carroll's subsequent single. Revere is now batting .307 with a .337 on-base percentage and, thanks to the triple, a .409 slugging percentage. He's swiped six bags in seven attempts. He's been one of our highlight players this season.
Jamey Carroll: 5-for-10, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 4 R, SB
He's been streaky this season, and thanks to a slow start his hot streaks haven't really been able to counterbalance. Like Revere, Carroll both scored runs and drove them in during the series, and any time a team gets this kind of production from outside the middle of the order they're probably going to be in a good position to win games. Carroll's production in this series was huge.
Nick Blackburn: 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Nick's return to the rotation saw him turn in one of his three best starts of the season. If he can get some of his confidence back and just simply not be terrible, the Twins will be better.
Jared Burton: 2 APP, 2.1 IP, 6 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 R
Devastating. That is all.