On Saturday, Andrew Benintendi smacked two home runs, Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 11-3. This ended up being a very disappointing loss for the Twins as they were able to score first but after that, they could only muster up five more runs on their own side of the plate. The pitching staff was good enough to win this game but not great enough to keep up with the Royals' scoring machine.
The Twins will now have some time off before heading back out on the road for four more games against the Chicago White Sox from April 12-15. During this break, the team will be taking part in the annual MLB Draft on Thursday, April 18th through Sunday, April 21st. The Twins will pick ninth in the first round and 32nd overall. They will also have the option of signing any draft eligible players who declare for themselves or others during this period. There are several notable names available in this year's draft including Nick Pratto of Texas Christian University, Alex Kirilloff of South Carolina, and Will Benson of Virginia.
After the draft, the Twins will play four more games on the road against the White Sox before coming home for three more against the Detroit Tigers from April 24-26.
Player with Batting Statistic (s) Year Number (s) Average at bat 388 Rod Carew 1977 Runs in the house Harmon Killebrew had 49 RBI in 1964 and 1969. Harmon Killebrew 140 (circa 1969) Runs Chuck Knoblauch's 140th birthday, 1996
Miguel Sano hit his 30th home run of the season on September 17, 2019, becoming the 5th Twins player to smash 30 or more home runs in a season. This is a new MLB record. The longest postseason losing streak in history is 18 games (2004-2020).
After being swept by the Houston Astros in their wild-card series in 2020, the Twins' MLB playoff losing streak reached an all-time high of 18 games. During that time, Minnesota has been outscored 107-48. Here's a game-by-game breakdown of the Twins' nightmare. Game 2 of the 2020 AL Wild Card Series (September 30 in Minnesota): Astros 3, Twins 1. Trailing 1-0 and with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, José Berríos hit a pinch-hit solo home run to right field to tie the game at 1-1.
The Twins had the best record in baseball during the 2019 season but were eliminated from postseason contention on September 26 when they lost to the White Sox 8-7 in 14 innings. They went on to lose the first round of the playoffs to the Red Sox 4-3 in 11 innings. The Twins played in their 50th consecutive season opener and opened up 2020 with a loss to the Tigers. Manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the second inning for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Dan Bellino. Austin Davis took over behind the plate for the rest of the game.
The Twins have never won a World Series title but they have made the playoffs every year since their creation in 1961 except for 1972 and 1991 when they both missed out due to labor strife. Minnesota has also appeared in more postseason games (116) than any other team in MLB history. Their most recent appearance came in 2020 when they were defeated by the Astros in five games.
Guardado ranks 59th in MLB history in saves and second on the squad in games played. Scott Erickson, the Twins' ace pitcher throughout the 1991 regular season, is the first Twins player to wear the number 19 for more than five seasons. Prior to that, no Twin had worn this number for four consecutive years.
Number 19 was originally assigned to Johnny Evers of the Chicago White Sox during the 1922 season. Evers was one of baseball's best defensive players at his position during the 1920s and 1930s, leading the league in putouts nine times. The White Sox released him prior to the 1939 season and he died in an accident a few months later.
Number 19 has been worn by at least one Minnesota Twin since the team's inaugural season in 1961. This list includes players who have worn the number during either their rookie or major league careers. Out of all the numbers from 1-99 available within the Minnesota Twins organization, number 19 is the only one not owned by someone on the current roster.
Scott Erickson began the 2001 season with a 9-1 record and 1.95 ERA through his first 10 starts before suffering a knee injury that required surgery. In 2002, he finished with 16 wins and a 4.14 ERA in 185 innings pitched.
The 84th World Series was a best-of-seven series between the American League champion Minnesota Twins and the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Twins won the series by a score of four games to three.
This was the first World Series championship for the Twins, who had previously appeared in the Series in 1987 and 1991 as the New York City franchise. It was also the first world championship won by a team from Minnesota. The previous Minnesota team to win a World Series title was the 1957 Boston Braves.
The Cardinals had been to seven World Series before, but lost all seven titles to the Yankees. This was only the second time in history that two teams from one city reached the World Series. The first time was in 1903 when the Chicago Cubs defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4 to 1.
Besides being champions for the first time ever, there were a number of other stories surrounding this World Series. For example, it was played during a time when baseball used different balls for each league. The NL ball was harder and flew farther than the AL ball which was softer and tended to break down more quickly.
In addition, this was the first World Series where both starting pitchers went the full five innings.
The Houston Astros defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, capping off a disappointing season for a team that rallied to win its second consecutive American League Central title and finished with the best home record in the majors during the 60-game regular season. The loss ended the Twins' run of three straight post-season appearances, including last year's AL Division Series against the Boston Red Sox.
After posting the best record in baseball in 2017, the Twins fell short of repeating as division champions. They were unable to overcome an early deficit in the AL Wild Card race, finishing two games behind the White Sox. This was their third straight losing season after making the postseason three years in a row.
Houston took advantage of two Minnesota errors and a passed ball to score its first run of the game in the fourth inning. Alex Bregman hit a one-out double before Carlos Correa scored him on a throwing error by third baseman Trevor Story. Hunter Renfroe followed with his 22nd homer of the season to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.
Minnesota got on the board in the fifth when Brian Dozier scored Justin Morneau on an infield single by Danny Santana. But that was all it could do as Dallas Keuchel pitched a perfect sixth inning for Houston.