Just admit it. We ALL slept on the Minnesota Twins coming into the 2019 season. While their undeniable young talent was beginning to blossom in recent years, nobody really expected them to make the leap to boasting baseball's best record.
Coming into the year it seemed almost improbable, as the club finished with just 78 wins last season, fired manager Paul Molitor as a result and saw future Hall of Famer Joe Mauer retire in the offseason.
However, first-year manager Rocco Baldelli has the Twins sitting pretty in the AL Central at 34-16, eight games ahead of the second place Cleveland Indians. And their extremely friendly rest-of-season schedule suggests that they could remain baseball's best for the entire summer.
The Twins will have 112 games left after tonight. Only 23 of them are vs. teams that entered the weekend more than one game above .500.— Dave Campbell (@DaveCampbellAP) May 25, 2019
We never thought these words word be uttered when the season kicked off in late March, but the Twins should have home field advantage throughout the postseason when all is said and done.
At this rate, it only looks like the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers have a chance at topping them.
The Minnesota Twins hit 8 HR today for the 2nd time this season & 3rd time in team history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 24, 2019
They've already hit 6+ HR in a game 4 times this season; only the 1977 and 2003 Red Sox and the 2000 Astros (5) had ever done this before this season.
The Twins have played 49 games. pic.twitter.com/Negfasisnq
With 34 wins in 50 games, Minnesota could technically go 56-56 the rest of the way and still win 90 games. But, at the historic rate at which they are cranking home runs, the club will likely be pushing for the elusive century mark.