Danny Valencia, Twins make more history in 11-2 win over Royals
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The Twins have gone from zero to 60 pretty quickly here out of the All-Star break.
Or is it 55? As in, 55 wins following their second consecutive throttling of the Royals on Tuesday night, 11-2.
The offense as a whole is completely unconscious at the plate right now. The Twins pounded out 19 more hits on Tuesday, making them the first team since the 1933 New York Giants to collect 19 or more hits in three straight games (per Ed Price). Over those three games the Twins have scored 40 runs. They've also now scored 499 runs as a team -- the fifth-most in baseball.
Perhaps the most intriguing storyline from this week's offensive onslaught is the performance of Danny Valencia, who has quickly gone from thirdbaseman of the future to thirdbaseman of the present. With a 4-for-5 night on Tuesday, Valencia raised his batting line to a ridiculous .400/.449/.511, while becoming just the 10th player since 1993 to tally three or more hits in four consecutive games.
Over that same time period, only three hitters have tallied more hits in a four-game span than Valencia (14) -- Johnny Damon in 2000 (15), Mike Benjamin in 1995 (15) and Brett Butler in 1995 (15).
Since 1950, several players have tallied three or more hits in four straight games, but only three players have done it in five straight -- Rod Carew ('75), Ted Sizemore ('70) and George Brett ('76), who actually did it in six straight games.
Feasting on inferior opponents such as Baltimore and Kansas City clearly helps, but this is the type of offensive outburst the Twins were hoping for as a team from time to time when they put together a lineup full of mashers in the spring.
Even more impressive is the fact that Justin Morneau and Orlando Hudson are on the disabled list, while two guys who weren't expected to provide much offense at all in 2010 -- Valencia and Delmon Young -- carry big sticks.
Good luck to Wednesday's scheduled starting pitcher Brian Bannister (7-9, 5.73), who must now attempt to fall asleep while thinking about rocket bats and potential whiplash.