It’s been a wild ride so far for the Minnesota Twins in the first half of the 2015 season, and it has been a lot of fun to watch.
The Twins started out 1-6 and were outscored 45-13 during that stretch, but the team caught fire after that and had the best record in the American League by the time May ended. Minnesota then fell off once again and posted a league-worst 11-17 mark in June. Now the Twin Cities ballclub is heating up once again and flies into the All-Star break with a 49-40 record, making them the second best team in the American League.
This past week has been crazy for the Twins, who have won six of their last seven. After suffering from the agony of two walk-off losses against the division leading Kansas City Royals the week before, Minnesota found some late inning heroics of their own in the form of All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier, who kickstarted his team’s current hot spell with a 10th inning walk-off home run against the Baltimore Orioles.
With such a roller coaster first half, Dozier’s home run against Baltimore seemed to just go along with the theme of the season. No matter who won that night, it was easy to see a thrilling finishing coming because that’s how the season has gone. Full of thrilling wins and heart crushing losses, people have now come to expect a thriller when they tune into Minnesota Twins baseball. But nobody could have predicted Dozier’s next round of heroics.
After turning his walk-off home run into a sweep of the struggling Orioles, the Detroit Tigers seemingly cooled off Minnesota. In just another game with an exciting ending, Detroit came from behind and took the lead in the 8th inning to end the Twins winning streak. The Tigers had Minnesota pinned in the corner the very next night until a seven run bottom of the 9th was capped off by another walk-off home run from Dozier, his second of the week.
It’s hard to tell if the Minnesota Twins are destined for October baseball in 2015. They have the record to show for a case in their favor right now, but their rough start to the season along with a bad month of June show that Minnesota does have it in them to struggle. Regression might come at some point for this team that was projected to be a league bottom feeder at the beginning of the season but no matter what happens, this season has been a lot of fun to watch and fans can be excited for the season’s second half for the first time in a number of years.
Dozier along with closer Glen Perkins will represent the Twins at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati this week and Minnesota will begin their second half against the Oakland Athletics when the regular season resumes on Friday.