Twins Notes: The wins keep coming

Some notes following Saturday's 8-1 win over Chicago

Dan Cook
May 25, 2019 - 5:23 pm

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A few notes following Saturday's 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox...

It’s Not All About the Bats: With his Win Friday night, Jose Berrios and Martin Perez become the fifth set of Twins to pitchers to record seven wins within 50 games of any season. The last ones to do it? Joe Mays and Brad Radke back in 2001

Half-a-Dozen: After Saturday’s win, the Twins have won six in a row over the White Sox, their longest win-streak over Chicago since April 3-June 22, 2014 (5). Their last six-game streak came May 3-July 8, 2011. Twins are 26-14 against the Sox since the start of 2017

Full House: Saturday’s announced attendance was 39,139. That’s their second sellout of the season and 163rd in Target Field’s history. It’s the first non-Opening-Day sellout for the Twins since August 29, 2015 vs. Houston.

Half-Century Mark: Friday was game 50 of the season. The 2019 Twins have tied or broken several team marks through 50 games including: Wins - 34 (34 in 2001 & 1970), Runs - 300 (273 in 1992), HR - 101 (79 in 1986), OPS - .862 (.808 in 1986), SLG - .521 (.472 in 1986), XBH - 217 (175 in 1986) and TB - 899 (807 in 1986)

Lots O’ Runs: The 300 runs the Twins had scored coming into Saturday was the most in baseball by a fair margin. The second most? That would be The Texas Rangers with 275

Nice Round Numbers: 300 runs in 50 games means an average of 6 runs per game. So how many times have the twins scored more than 6 runs in a game? That would be 25 of the 50. They’re 20-5 in those games.

Injury Updates: Twins CBO Derek Falvey updated the media on Saturday with an unfortunate amount of bad news from the minor leagues. SP Brusdar Graterol will head to the IL with a shoulder impingement. OF Luke Raley dislocated a tendon in his ankle that will require surgery. OF Akil Badoo will require Tommy John surgery. Twins hope to have him back for Spring Training. SP Steven Gonsalves has a minor stress reaction in his elbow and forearm, but scans show the UCL is intact (translation: no Tommy John). On the good side, SS Wander Javier is ready to begin playing games and will start his season in Class-A Cedar Rapids.

On the major league side, C Mitch Garver has done some straight-forward running and has caught a bullpen. The next step for him is running the bases and turning on that injured ankle. Nelson Cruz took some swings and will rest for a couple of days before trying some more swings. The Twins are taking an extremely cautious approach with both players given the way the rest of the lineup is crushing the ball. That’s a rare luxury to have.

Light Some Candles: And in case you’d like to feel old, former Twins OF Jason Kubel turned 37 on Saturday.