Let’s just be clear about something. This year’s Twins team wasn’t expected to have a .686 winning percentage after 51 games. Having a winning percentage that high in 25 games would’ve been considered extraordinary with most Twins fans. Today, the Twins hit their 102nd home run of the season. They’re on pace to hit 324 for the season. That would shatter the MLB record of 267 homers hit by the 1927 Yankees. Actually, it wasn’t set by the 1927 Yankees. It was set by last year’s Yankees. But I digress.

The Twins have won 10 of their last 11 games, with the only loss coming last Sunday in Seattle. That loss has separated a pair of 5-game winning streaks. Last night, the Twins got 7 relatively decent innings from Jose Berrios, with the only blip coming in the 2nd inning, when the White Sox scored 4 runs. That put the Twins down 4-1 at the time. Instead of panicking, the Twins just scored the final 10 runs of the game. The Twins slugging percentage for last night’s game was .750. The Twins’ OPS last night was 1.165.

Today’s game was somewhat of a flat-liner. The Twins jumped out to a 2-1 lead early. Then they put it in autopilot, winning 8-1. Today’s hitting stars were Ehire Adrianza, who got 3 hits and 3 RBIs, C.J. Cron, who got 2 hits and 4 RBIs and Jorge Polanco, who got 2 hits to raise his league-leading batting average to .340. Kyle Gibson, today’s starter, gave up a 4th-inning home run that gave the South Siders a brief glimmer of hope, bringing them to within a run at 2-1.

That glimmer died in the bottom of the 4th, when C.J. Cron singled to left, Jonathan Schoop and Eddie Rosario scored. Later, Ehire Adrianza singled to shallow center, driving in C.J. Cron for the third run of the inning and extending the lead to 5-1.

Adrianza drove in the final 3 runs with the Twins’ only homer of the day to make the final score 8-1. At no point did it feel like the Twins weren’t in total control. What’s eerie in a fun way is the similarities I’m seeing between this Twins team and their 1991 team that won the World Series. That team wasn’t expected to do much. At the end of the year, though, they hoisted the World Series Trophy after Jack Morris’s 10-inning 1-0 shutout of the Atlanta Braves.

Speaking of Mr. Morris, aka ‘Black Jack’, he did the analysis of today’s Twins game. He was part of another team that came from nowhere to win the World Series. That would be the 1984 Detroit Tigers team. That team started 35-5. They became one of only a handful (and I’m talking about a tiny handful) of teams that went wire-to-wire without spending a day out of first place. I’m talking about those Tigers being in first place from Opening Day of the regular season to never trailing in the playoffs.

There’s still 111 games left in the regular season so optimism must be tempered somewhat. Still, it’s indisputable that the Twins are one of, if not baseball’s, elite teams. This team has a ton of talent, albeit unknown talent. If they continue playing like this, where the starting pitching is solid, the bullpen is very good, the defense is consistently excellent and the hitting is elite, why shouldn’t the Twins have confidence in their abilities?

Finally, the Twins are doing this while Nelson Cruz and Mitch Garver are still on the injured list. Further, they got off to this start without Miguel Sano for the first 40+ games. Call me crazy but I think this team is loaded. Here’s Twins manager Rocco Baldelli’s post-game press conference:

The last time the Twins had a rookie manager get off to this good of a start was 1987. Some guy who got along with his players nicknamed TK led that team to the Twins’ first World Series championship.

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