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Twins in April: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Let's take a look at how the Twins did in April and... oh dear...

A picture of the Twins attempting to field a ball.
A picture of the Twins attempting to field a ball.
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So the month of April has come and gone, and with a 7-17 record, the Twins are tied with the Astros for last place in the American League. Not exactly the start we were hoping for, but, um, at least we're not the Braves.

Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly for the Twins last month.

The Good

  • Joe Mauer led the entire American League with an on-base percentage of .453
  • Mauer drew 20 walks, which was the fourth most in baseball. Five of those walks were intentional, tying him with Brandon Crawford for most in the majors.
  • Mauer had the highest fWAR of any first baseman in the American League, and third highest of all first basemen.
  • Byung Ho Park hit six home runs in 19 games, which was the most by any rookie in the American League this year. It was also the second most home runs ever hit by a Twins rookie in the month of April, behind Kent Hrbek's eight in 22 games in 1982.
  • Oswaldo Arcia is showing signs of life, hitting three homeruns in 13 games, including a walk-off blast on April 25th.

The Bad

  • The Twins scored only 80 runs, tying them for 24th in MLB with the Phillies and Angels.
  • The Twins struck out 220 times, the 4th most in the majors this year. It was also the 2nd most strikeouts the Twins have ever had in the month of April.
  • Twins pitchers gave up 219 hits, second most in the American League and sixth most in the majors.
  • Opposing batters had a .305 BABIP against the Twins, fourth worst in the American League.

The Ugly

  • Miguel Sano struck out 36 times alone, the third most of any player in MLB.
  • Byron Buxton had -0.5 fWAR and was sent back to the minors.
  • Twins pitchers have been in nine save situations. They have two saves.