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

May was basically a continuation of April for the Twins.

Who put a nickel in Eduardo Nunez?
Who put a nickel in Eduardo Nunez?
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So we're now two months into the season, and with a 15-36 record, the Twins are tied for the worst record in MLB with the Braves. But there's good news: The Twins went 8-19 in May, which was not the worst in MLB for the month! The Reds went 8-20. Ha! Suck it, Cincinnati!

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

The Good

  • Miguel Sano smashed eight dingers. Only six MLB players hit more.
  • Joe Mauer hit five home runs, which is equal to half of his 2015 total.
  • Eduardo Nunez hit .305 with 5 home runs, and led all Twins position players with an fWAR of 0.8.
  • Brandon Kintzler posted a 1.74 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched (which, for the Twins bullpen, is amazing).

The Bad

  • Eduardo Escobar, Miguel Sano, and Danny Santana were all placed on the DL at some point with strained groins.
  • Byung Ho Park had a .205 average and 31 strikeouts.
  • Twins batters struck out 232 times, the third most in the month of May in franchise history.

The Ugly

  • Opponents had a .303 batting average against Twins pitchers, the highest of any team.
  • Twins pitchers had a combined ERA of 5.96, which was the worst in the American League and second worst in MLB. Only the Reds were worse (maybe we should send them an edible arrangements or something).
  • Trevor May pitched 11.1 innings total. He gave up 11 earned runs and 17 hits.
  • Phil Hughes had only two more strikeouts (9) than home runs allowed (7).
  • Oswaldo Arcia hit .200 with only one home run in 15 games.