When Fox Sports North’s Audra Martin interviewed Eddie Rosario, Twins fans have enjoyed cheering on the Twins’ “Bomba Squad”. It’s pretty clear the Twins and their fans are enjoying their moment:

When the Twins started the season, I was one of the people that thought that the Twins had a chance to dethrone Cleveland as the AL North Division champions. This team made some important signings that weren’t the high-profile signing like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado but important nonetheless. The most important addition, it turns out, was the man nicknamed Boomstick by his teammates. Nelson Cruz, aka NC23, has led this Twins offense all season. He deserves to be the AL MVP. At age 39, he’s hitting .309 with 34 home runs and 91 RBIs. That’s a plenty productive season for most guys. Boomstick has achieved that with a month left in the season and despite 2 stints on the injured list. If not for that time on the IL, he’d likely have 40 HRs and 100+ RBIs already.

Cruz’s importance goes far beyond his statistics. His insight has transformed Miguel Sano this season. Sano’s at-bats look much more professional this season. Despite missing the first month+ of the season, he’s still hit 26 HRs while driving in 58 runs. None of his RBIs were bigger than these:

The Twins Saturday in the park was record-setting but it ended in a Twins loss. The Twins hit 6 solo home runs, which gave them 268 home runs for the season. That eclipses the MLB record for most home runs in a season by a team. That record was set last year by the NY Yankees with 267 home runs. The Twins also set the record for most players with 20 home runs in a season when Jorge Polanco, this year’s starting shortstop for the American League in the AL All Star Game, hit his 20th home run.

Other charter members of the Twins Bomba Squad (besides Boomstick, Sano and Polanco) are Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario, Mitch Garver, C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop. Other Twins hitters worthy of consideration are Marwin Gonzalez, Byron Buxton and Jason Castro.

The thing that makes the Twins such a dangerous team is that they’re totally comfortable beating their opponents with bombas or with singles. Sunday, the Twins ambushed Detroit with 5 runs in the second inning. None of the hits were cheap but none were home runs either. The Twins won 8-3 with 11 singles and 1 double. That isn’t surprising considering this information. According to this, the Twins have a slugging percentage of .504 and an OPS of .843. Their team batting average is .272, which ranks 3rd in the American League.

The Twins now lead Cleveland by 5.5 games with 27 games left in their season. At this point, that makes them the favorite to win the AL North Division championship. This promises to be quite the fun month of baseball. For those Twins fans with FoxSportsNorth, this promises to be a fun week. After today’s game with Detroit, the Twins fly into Boston for 3 games with Boston before starting a homestand against Cleveland.

As the saying goes, this is the time of year that fans wait for. This is when legends and memories are made. Finally, in a just world, Boomstick would win the AL MVP. Either him or Houston’s Alex Bregman. Unfortunately, this isn’t a just world. It’s likely that the BBWAA (the acronym for the Base Ball Writers Association of America), will likely give the award to Mike Trout, the best player in baseball. Trout deserves the Player of the Year award but he doesn’t deserve the AL MVP award. Trout’s team hasn’t been in the pennant race since the All Star break. They’re 24 games out of first place. Being the best player on a 4th place team isn’t what I’d consider MVP credentials.

One Response to “Minnesota’s Bomba Squad”

  • Chad Q says:

    The Twins have been having a great season but we all know it won’t mean a thing if they fail to get past the first round of the playoffs.

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