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Monday (Twins' projections one-third through the season) edition: Wha' Happened?

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • June 3, 2013 - 9:47 AM

The Twins are 25-29 at the 54-game mark in this season, exactly one-third of the way in. As such, let's take a look at some projections for both individual players and the team if they were to continue on their current paces for the rest of the year:

*Joe Mauer: He's on pace for perhaps the strangest season of his career. The good: He's on pace to hit 15 homers, which would be the second-most in his career. Plus he's on pace for 51 doubles, which would be a career-high, as would his pace for 207 hits. Also, he has a .417 on-base percentage, which is a tick better than his league-leading .416 from a season ago. He's on pace for just 54 RBI, which would be a career low for a full season. Also, he is on pace for 147 strikeouts, which would easily be a career-high.

*Justin Morneau: This will almost certainly not happen, but Morneau is on a pace to hit 6 homers ... with 102 RBI.

*Josh Willingham: He's on a pace for 30 home runs and nearly 100 walks ... but he's hitting .211.

*Kevin Correia: The right-hander is on pace for 15 victories and 211 innings pitched, which pretty much everyone associated with the Twins would have done cartwheels over at the start of the season.

*Mike Pelfrey: The right-hander is on pace for 18 losses and 154 innings pitched, which is dismal.

*The Twins are on a pace to give up 756 runs -- 76 fewer than a season ago, when they allowed 832. ... The Twins are on pace to make 66 errors. They made 107 last year and 119 two seasons ago. ... No Twins pitcher is on pace to strike out 100 batters. Closer Glen Perkins would lead the team with 99 if everyone's pace held up.

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