The difference for the Minnesota Twins is as simple as turf or no turf, teflon roof or no teflon roof.
The Twins have scored 147 runs at home this season, more than any team in Major League Baseball so far this season (granted, they’ve played six more home games than road games, but the point is they’re scoring runs at home). Their record at the Baggydome: 16-9.
The Twins have scored 85 runs on the road this season, the sixth-fewest total entering Saturday’s play. Their record on the road: an American League-worst 5-14.
Yes, the Twins do have a young team. But offensively, they really don’t. And there isn’t much of a home/road differential with the team’s ERA. The home and road ERAs – both not pretty – are separated by just .36 runs/game.
Minnesota’s lineup regularly boasts Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Jason Kubel, Joe Crede, Michael Cuddyer and Nick Punto. These are all guys with at least five years of big league experience. You wouldn’t expect lengthy road trips to shake a group like this.
So why the road struggles? Who knows. Maybe it’s just an early season anomaly.
Whatever the case, if the Twins could bottle their home success, they’d be in great shape in the very much up-for-grabs AL Central.