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Five surprising Twins statistics through 13 games

Posted by: Michael Rand under Twins fans Updated: April 17, 2013 - 10:29 AM

 

The Twins are 13 games into their 2013 season, a wonderful span known in the parlance of the times as a "small sample size." Can we be legitimately surprised by numbers in such a small window? Sure we can! Let's try. Here are five stats through the early part of the year that caught our eye:

 

1) Entering play Wednesday, the Twins have 50 walks as a team. That's sixth in MLB. Last year the Twins were 10th in MLB, averaging 3.1 walks per game. This year, so far, they average 3.8.

2) Pedro Florimon has six of those walks, contributing to a gaudy early .484 OBP. He had just 10 walks in 150 plate appearances last year, so this will level off. But good patience -- and good hitting -- so far by Pedro.

3) Jamey Carroll only has nine plate appearances in 13 games. This is probably a good thing since it means the Twins' patchwork infield has been functional enough not to lean on the veteran. He had 537 plate appearances a year ago, when the Twins' other infield options were often gruesome.

4) Joe Mauer has played all 13 games -- and most notably, nine of those starts have come at catcher. That's an early pace to catch about 112 games this season, which would be almost as many as he caught in 2011 (47) and 2012 (72) combined. Early off days and the rainout surely helped, but it is a sign that Mauer is healthier -- a good thing since Justin Morneau is also healthy and occupying first base.

5) And as mentioned before Kevin Correia has gone at least seven innings and allowed three or fewer runs in all of his starts. Aside from Aaron Hicks' extremely slow start, this might be the biggest surprise of all.

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Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 2
Cleveland - WP: Z. McAllister 3 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 2
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle - LP: F. Rodney 2 FINAL
Texas - WP: P. Figueroa 3
Boston 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Chicago WSox 3
Kansas City 4 Bottom 9th Inning
Houston 4
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland 1 Top 4th Inning
LA Angels 1
Colorado 1 Bottom 4th Inning
San Diego 1
Los Angeles 0 Top 4th Inning
San Francisco 1
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 111 FINAL
Milwaukee 103
Dallas 105 FINAL
Memphis 106
Detroit 111 FINAL
Oklahoma City 112
Houston 100 FINAL
New Orleans 105
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Brooklyn 85 FINAL
Cleveland 114
Philadelphia 100 FINAL
Miami 87
Utah 136 FINAL
Minnesota 130
Washington 118 FINAL
Boston 102
Toronto 92 FINAL
New York 95
Golden State 39 2nd Qtr 9:43
Denver 29
LA Clippers 29 2nd Qtr
Portland 37
Phoenix 28 2nd Qtr 8:49
Sacramento 28
Montreal 5 FINAL(OT)
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 4
Dallas 0 2nd Prd 20:00
Anaheim 3
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2
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