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Twins Have Won 10 of 11: Who's Hot?

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Let's run it down.

  • Michael Cuddyer, of course:  .391/.404/.848 (no, that's not his OPS, that's his slugging percentage) with six homers and 18 RBI.  18, I hear you ask?  18.
  • Delmon Young's been playing regularly, and has collected multi-hit days six times over these 11 games.  He's batting .349/.370/.558.  He's even walked twice!
  • Denard Span has missed a couple games, but returned last night and picked up a pair of hits and an intentional base-on-balls.  His OBP in this span is .375, which is actually below his season line but still just find for a leadoff hitter.
  • Nick Punto continues to hit well with an average of .294 and an OBP of .429.  With a season OBP of .332, he currently is on base at a higher rate than any other middle infielder on the team.  By a significant margin.
  • Orlando Cabrera has started hitting again, picking up a pair of big home runs.  He's hitting .295/.347/.523.
  • In spite of going hitless last night, Jose Morales continues to look good at the plate and has appeared in seven games, with a .300/.400/.400 triple slash.
  • Am I forgetting anyone?  Any hitters?  Any hitters who are about to win their third batting title in four year?  Oh yeah, Joe Mauer and his .457/.596/.686 line!  Joe's picked up 16 hits, including a pair of doubles and a pair of homers, as well as 12 (TWELVE) walks.  Add to that four intentional base-on-balls.  And one strikeout.
  • Nick Blackburn has contributed 13.1 innings of two-run ball.
  • Carl Pavano hasn't been great, but has been good enough over three starts:  19 IP, 4.26 ERA.  Not great, but the Twins have still won all three contests.
  • The Twins have also won all three of Brian Duensing's starts.  Two shutout starts where the opposition couldn't score over 13.1 innings, and then a third that wasn't nearly as impressive.
  • Jesse Crain has strung together six consecutive scoreless appearances (although it's now been over a month since Crain has been charged with a run).
  • Just one run against Jose Mijares in seven appearances.
  • Five innings and six appearances under Matt Guerrier's belt have garnered opponents just one run.
  • How about the big man, Jon Rauch?  Five scoreless appearances.
  • Joe Nathan has retired nine on strikes over 6.2 innings, giving up one run.

Lots of contributors over the last string of days, and it's been mucho exciting.  Tonight we get to see the boys do it all over again.