The Minnesota Twins are a hot, first-place mess
The Minnesota Twins have come back down to earth with a thud, losing seven of their past 10 games.
What's happening: After a month of playing great baseball, the team has suffered through injuries, COVID and poor peformance.
- Injuries to Sonny Gray, Jorge Alcala and Royce Lewis, coupled with COVID absences by Carlos Correa and Joe Ryan, have not helped.
- Byron Buxton, dealing with a nagging knee injury, has just six hits in his last 50 at bats.
- They went 22 innings without scoring a run until Gio Urshela drove in Nick Gordon in the third inning of yesterday's 3-2 loss to Detroit.
It might get even worse: The Twins head to Toronto tonight to take on a hot Blue Jays team. Due to Canada's vaccine requirement, a handful of Twins players — and we don't know which, yet — will not make the trip.
- Then the Twins host the first-place New York Yankees followed by another contender, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Yes, but: With a 30-23 record, the Twins remain in first place in the AL Central, up four-and-a-half games on the Cleveland Guardians and five games on the Chicago White Sox.
- Plus, some of the injured or sickened players should return soon.
The bottom line: The Twins got off to a surprising start and given the sad state of their division, they still have a great chance of making the playoffs.
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