#2 Minnesota Twins
Run Differential: +17
Who They’ve Beat: Kansas City Royals (Three-Game Sweep) and the Chicago White Sox (Twice)
Who Beat Them: Chicago White Sox (Once)
Minnesota enters Tuesday’s contest against the Detroit Tigers with the best record in the division.
The Twins did well to sweep Kansas City in convincing fashion in the opening series, winning by final scores of 7-1, 9-1 and 5-3.
Following the trio of wins against the Royals, Minnesota took two of three against a fellow rebuilding side in the Chicago White Sox.
These games were slightly closer, with Paul Moliter’s teams coming away with 3-1 and 4-1 victories. They lost the only game of the set by a 6-2 final.
It remains to be seen if Minnesota will continue to win, but they certainly took care of business early.
MVP So Far: Ervin Santana
While Cleveland’s Corey Kluber has struggled so far in two starts, Ervin Santana has been the polar opposite in terms of production.
The former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hurler has allowed just four hits, four walks and a run in a pair of outings spanning 13 frames.
Santana has struck out seven over the same span to push his record to 2-0. His ERA currently sits at a miniscule 0.69.
LVP So Far: Bryan Buxton
There aren’t many players struggling on the 5-1 Twins, but Bryan Buxton hasn’t had the easiest time of hit.
Entering Monday, the former first-round pick is hitting just .077 with a .111 on-base percentage, a .115 slugging percentage and a .226 OPS in 27 plate appearances.
He’s also struck out a staggering 14 times while drawing just one base on balls.