A road rally that salvaged a 3-3 trip sets up a nine game Interleague homestand beginning with the Twins.
The Crew has been living up to its powerball reputation. They’ve pounded out 25 home runs in the last 12 games, winning 9 of those. The Brewers and the Astros combined to hit 17 home runs in their three-game series. Stats guru Mitch Smith reports that the number totals the most home runs in any three-game series this season, and the most homers in a three-game series in a National League ballpark since the Expos and Angels hit 18 homers over three games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from June 3-5, 2003.
As for the Twins series, some numbers:
The Twins dropped to 1-6 on the current road trip and seven of their last eight games, giving up double digits in runs in four of the contests (an average of 7.6 runs per game overall in this span).
Beginning play Friday, there are six teams above .500 in the American League and six teams in the National League. Three of the six in the NL reside in the NL Central (Cubs, Cards, Brewers).
The Twins have had two managers since 1986 when Tom Kelly took over for Ray Miller (Tom Kelly, Ron Gardenhire). The Brewers have had seven in that time.
Minnesota is 25-21 versus Milwaukee in Interleague play. At Miller Park, the Twins have won 11 of 21 contests between the teams.
The Brewers have won six straight home games and are 11-3 in their last 14 home contests. Their six straight home wins is the second-longest active streak in the National League (Cubs, 11).
Twins’ pitchers have walked 172 batters in 2008, the fewest total in the Major Leagues. The last time Minnesota issued the fewest walks in a season was 1981.
Corey Hart is riding a seven-game hitting streak. During the streak, Hart is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with four home runs, 11 RBIs and four doubles.