Miller: These Are Not The Twins I've Covered For A Decade

The Twins, who haven't won a playoff game since 2004, have the best record in baseball

Ferrall On The Bench
May 30, 2019 - 9:16 am
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The Minnesota Twins have missed the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons and haven’t won a playoff game since 2004. Both of those trends could change this season.

Why? Because the Twins (37-17) have the best record in baseball.

“These are not the Twins I’ve covered for a decade,” Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins writer Phil Miller said on Ferrall on the Bench “They have a .500 slugging percentage. The Twins didn’t even approach that when they were in the Metrodome. It is crazy. Sometimes they get on such a roll that it doesn’t feel like it’s real baseball. They’ve hit eight home runs in a game twice this season, and both times we’re just looking at each other in the press box going, ‘You have got to be kidding me.’ These are not the Twins that we’ve seen for a decade.”

Eddie Rosario leads the team with 17 home runs and 47 RBIs, while Jorge Polanco is hitting .335 with a .405 OBP, nine home runs and 26 RBIs.

“Polanco is hitting everything in sight,” Miller said. “They got him at a bargain rate for the next five years.”

Byron Buxton, meanwhile, is hitting .258 and leads the AL in doubles, with 19.

“He is the best (Twins) outfielder I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying something because I covered Torii Hunter,” Miller said. “He’s worth playing if he hits .200. His defense is so good. The fact that he has all those doubles, he’s hitting about .260 – if he can hit at that level, he’s an All-Star-caliber played for the Twins, and he’s still only 25.”

Click below to listen to Miller’s interview in its entirety.