The Twins are in the afterglow of a month of May in which they went 20-7 - just the fifth time in Twins history there was a month with that many wins - and in first place in the A.L. Central.

We've talked about their success with runners in scoring position. We've noticed what the starting rotation has done. We've seen how they have pulverized opponents during the first three innings of games.

What does it all mean? All those factors are reflected in the run differential over the last month - he difference between the runs a team has scored and has given up. In recent years, the Twins have been well into the negative. For instance, last year, the Twins finished with a minus-62 run differential. They just posted a plus-40 for May alone.

Here's a list of May run differentials, thanks to Bill Arnold of the Sports Features Group.

Rk     Team           RS     RA     Diff
1     Giants        148     108     40
2     Twins         139     104     35
3     Dodgers       115      86     29
4t    Cardinals     117      94     23
4t    Indians       146     123     23
6t    Nationals     125     105     20
6t    Rangers       158     138     20
8     Blue Jays     146     128     18
9     Pirates       119     103     16
10     Rays          105      93     12
11     Angels        112     105      7
12     Royals        105     101      4
13     D-backs      137     134      3
14     Mariners      107     108     -1
15     Braves        108     112     -4
16     Padres        120     125     -5
17     Astros        116     122     -6
18     Orioles        95     104     -9
19t    Mets           95     105    -10
19t    A's           112     122    -10
21t    Rockies       119     130    -11
21t    Tigers        106     117    -11
23     Cubs          106     120    -14
24     Yankees       119     134    -15
25     White Sox     115     132    -17
26     Brewers       122     140    -18
27     Reds          102     121    -19
28     Phillies       94     121    -27
29     Marlins        97     128    -31
30     Red Sox        82     124    -42

Some thoughts:

  • No wonder the Giants are hot right now.
  • Cleveland is starting to get its act together.
  • The Rangers might not be the disaster some people thought they would be.
  • No wonder the Blue Jays and Twins had three white-knuckle games this past weekend.
  • The Twins are catching the Red Sox and Brewers this week at their worst.

I'll open the floor to discussion....

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