But perhaps overlooked in that misery is just how awful the team was at Target Field. While most teams enjoy a home-field advantage no matter how bad they are, the Twins actually had a worse home record than road record over the past four seasons:
2011 H 33-48 R 30-51
2012 H 31-50 R 35-46
2013 H 32-49, R 34-47
2014 H 35-46, R 35-46
Totals: 131-193 at home, 134-190 on the road.
It’s not like the Twins CAN’T be a good team at Target Field; in 2010, when the park opened and the team won the AL Central, Minnesota was 53-28 at home and 41-40 on the road.
But recent incarnations of the club have been particularly ill-suited for the ballpark, with bad outfield defense (in a spacious park) combined with a starting pitching staff that didn’t strike out a lot of batters.
Those are still problems to a certain degree, but after today’s 6-5 win over Oakland wrapped up an 8-3 homestand, the Twins are in unfamiliar territory: 4-8 on the road, but 12-5 at Target Field, the best home mark of any American League team. The Twins have scored 7 runs or more in six of those home games and averaged 6.6 runs on this most recent homestand.