Twins Off To Great Start
Justin Ekstrom | Apr 2, 2019 AT 10:25 am
(KNSI) - The Minnesota Twins returned to action this past weekend to the delight of fans that braved colder weather but they were treated to two Twins' victories.
After back-to-back 10-plus strikeout performances from Jose Berrios and Jake Odorrizi, Minnesota then received some offensive firepower to closeout their opening series with two wins.
Although Michael Pineda saw his first MLB action since 2017 and looked great through his four innings of work, it's the bats that had fans buzzing.
Nelson Cruz, Byron Buxton and Willians Astudillo all knocked-in two RBI en route to an 8-3 victory over Cleveland.
Astudillo has not only become a fan-favorite over the last two seasons but after 100 at-bats in the major leagues, his batting average is .368.
According to ESPN, .368 beats out Ty Cobb for the highest batting average after 100 at-bats in major league history.
Astudillo is currently one of three catchers on the Twins' roster but his ability to play other positions may get him in the starting lineup more often than when he is behind the plate.
Although this was just the first series of the season, Cleveland is considered the front-runner to win the American League Central Division as they have one of the fiercest rotations in the league.
Even before the first game, former Twins' player Al Newman thought fans may see a potent offense.
"I think they'll be very competitive and offensively strong; Cruz and Schoop are great additions."
The Twins hope to continue their hot start when they face-off against the Kansas City Royals, in Kansas City, April 2nd at 7:15.
Jose Berrios is slated to make his second start of the season after amassing 10 strikeouts over 7 and 2/3 innings of work in the 2-0 victory to start the season.