Since the Twins began playing, for all intents and purposes, .500 baseball, players and managers have insisted they are a better team than their win-loss record would indicate. As the season winds down, they’re missing opportunities to prove it.
“We have reason to have a good run, a good streak, and there are, what, 44, 45 games left?” shortstop Carlos Correa said before Monday night’s series finale against Texas at Target Field. “It would be nice to go down the stretch. But we’re definitely due for one of those stretches.”
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During the Twins’ longest hitting streak, May 18-24, the two-time All-Star hit .333 with four runs scored, four RBIs, four walks and just two strikeouts. In May and June, he hit .331 with 8 home runs, 20 RBI and a .395 on-base percentage in 57 games.
The Twins were 31-27 in May and June and were out of first place in the American League Central for just one day.
Since then, the team’s big offseason addition, and highest paid player with a $35.1 million salary, is hitting .211 with five homers and 11 RBIs. The Twins are 32-36 in those games.
Asked before Monday’s game how he feels about his first and probably last season in Minnesota, Correa said, “I’ve got (43) games to make it a lot better.”
Correa, who is set to return to Houston Tuesday for the first time since leaving the Astros to sign a three-year, $105.3 million deal with Minnesota, remains a top-flight shortstop — he has just eight errors in 93 games (333 chances. ) — and is drawing walks and hitting the ball hard. is doing His OPS+ of 124 is just three points above his career average, and his contact numbers are all well and good, according to baseballsavant.com.
“But the situational hitting stats aren’t there,” he said. “I want to fill all the spots. So, yeah, I think it could be better. The power numbers could be better, definitely, slugging.”
Correa is slugging .424 this season. His career batting average on the season was .481. He has a .227 batting average with runners in scoring position; His career average is .273.
He’s not alone, of course. The Twins enter Tuesday’s game hitting .245 in RISP, the 21st team in baseball, and have scored just five runs in the first three games of this series against a Rangers team that arrived 13 games under .500.
“It happens over the course of a year,” Correa said. “But now is not the time for that.”
The Twins (62-57) began the day 1½ games behind first-place Cleveland (64-56) in the Central Division race.
Correa has an opt-out clause after the first two years of his contract that could make him an unrestricted free agent this fall. Despite having a relatively quiet season for the two-time All-Star, Correa is likely to have plenty of suitors. Asked if the chance to win a World Series in 2023 would affect his decision to stay in Minnesota or test the market, he said, “I think we can win here for a long time with the young talent we have.”
“There is always room to add more talent,” he added. “So, I think with the young core that they have here, and a lot of good players and the talent that we have here, I think this organization has a chance to win for years to come.”
The twins reminded the right-hand man Aaron Sanchez to begin Tuesday night’s game against Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. To make room on the active roster, the team optioned the left-hander Devin Smeltzer Class AAA in St. Paul. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins are likely to move an outfielder/first baseman. Alex Kirilloff (Wrist) 10 days to 60 days injured list. … infielder George Polanco Monday was out of the starting lineup, injured while sliding into home plate on Aug. 15 on a left knee repair day, but he pinch-hit and drew a walk in the seventh inning.