Are we On? (Dave Vilhauer blog)

If a past commercial is true, the Minnesota Twins may never have been more popular with the female gender than they are right now.

I recall several years ago a commercial promoting baseball. It included a pair of pitchers trying to hit home runs and included the famous line of “chicks dig the long ball.” If that’s the case, women should be huge fans of the Twins this season.

The Twins have not only rewritten club record books so far this summer, they did something last night that no other team has accomplished in major league history. They became the first team to have five home runs or more in nine different games during the same season. The old record of eight was set by the Boston Red Sox in 1977.

Entering tonight’s contest, the Twins have smacked 199 home runs on the season. That is more than most other entire seasons in team history and we still have more than two months of the season remaining. The major league record for most home runs in a season is 267 set by the New York Yankees last year. On their current pace, the Twins are projected to finish with 311 this year.

Sure, you can make the argument that the ball is a bit juiced. Afterall, AAA home runs have spiked since using the major league baseball this year. But that fact remains that no other team is doing what the Twins are currently accomplishing. And what’s crazy is that it is not just a handful of players that are putting balls over the fence.

In fact, if you were to quickly name the team’s most likely players to lead the team in home runs, names like Miguel Sano or Nelson Cruz would top the list. While they are certainly doing their part in the home run barrage, it’s Max Kepler who leads the squad in round trippers. Other players like Jonathon Schoop, Marwin Gonzalez, Eddie Rosario, Jorge Palanco, Mitch Garver, C.J. Cron, Jason Castro and Byron Buxton are also threats to blast one out of the park. (All 11 of the aforementioned players have double digits in home runs except Buxton, who has nine).

Put it all together and the Twins have established one of the most formidable lineups in major league baseball. Of course, pitching, defense, baserunning, etc., could end up playing a larger role than home runs at some point. Minnesota’s once-comfortable lead is down to two games over the Cleveland Indians and who knows what the last two months hold in store.

However, no matter what happens the rest of the way, the Twins have been fun to watch this season and have provided hours of entertainment, even for members of the male gender.