STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Barring a late-season collapse, the 2017 Twins figure to become the most improved team in franchise history:

 

Largest single-season improvement, Twins history

23 wins — 1965 (from 79 to 102)

21 wins — 1991 (from 74 to 95)

21 wins — 1962 (from 70 to 91)

18 wins — 1969 (from 79 to 97)

18 wins* — 2017 (from 59 to 77)

*-15 games remain in season, entering Saturday

Still, the Twins won’t approach the modern record for one-year improvement:

 

Largest single-season improvement (with 162-game schedule)

35 wins — 1999 Diamondbacks (from 65 to 100)

33 wins — 1989 Orioles (from 54 to 87)

31 wins — 2008 Rays (from 66 to 97)

31 wins — 1993 Giants (from 72 to 103)

29 wins — 2011 Diamondbacks (from 65 to 94)

29 wins — 2004 Tigers (from 43 to 72)

29 wins — 1991 Braves (from 65 to 94)

29 wins — 1980 Athletics (from 54 to 83)