Few people were expecting the 26-54 Minnesota Twins to put up much of a fight heading into the second game of a three-game series against the AL West-leading Texas Rangers back on July 2.
A whopping 13 hits later the Twins had picked up their largest win of the season, blasting the Rangers 17-5.
And while the Twins aren't racking up 17 runs on a nightly basis, the win was a sign of things to come.
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The Twins are 20-12 since that win, trailing only the Toronto Blue Jays for the league's best record over that span.
Best record since July 2, MLB
|Toronto Blue Jays||20-10||.667|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||17-12||.586|
Their record has coincided with the resurgence of a pair of Twins veterans, as first baseman Joe Mauer and second baseman Brian Dozier have emerged from the All-Star break as crucial pieces of Minnesota's offense, each seeing a big improvement at the plate over their last 23 games.
Most improved BA post All-Star break
*American League, minimum 3.1 PA per team game
|Miguel Cabrera||Detroit Tigers||.293||.375||+.082|
|Brad Miller||Tampa Bay Rays||.241||.320||+.079|
|Brian Dozier||Minnesota Twins||.246||.323||+.077|
|Jose Altuve||Houston Astros||.341||.414||+.073|
|Joe Mauer||Minnesota Twins||.271||.319||+.048|
Mauer and Dozier will look to continue Minnesota's history of success against the Houston Astros.
The Twins have 23 wins in 41 meetings with the Astros all-time, and have an extra-base hit in all of them, a run that dates back to 1997.
Most consecutive games with XBH vs. Astros
Statistics courtesy of STATS LLC