May 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins first basemanJoe Mauer
(7) steals second base as San Diego Padres second basemanJedd Gyorko
(9) is unable to control the ball during the sixth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Today, the Padres and Twins will kick off an inter-league series in Minnesota. The two sides met earlier this year in San Diego where the Twins swept the 2 game set. This wasn’t the first time the Twins have had the Padres number in their team’s history. The Padres haven’t beaten the Twins since 2005 and currently sit on an 8 game losing streak against them.
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The Padres will try to break up the longstanding streak, but they’re hitting Minnesota at a bad time. In their first 3 games this month the Twins have scored a combined 32 runs, including 16 in their last game. It goes without saying, but their bats are hot right now and it’ll take a lot to slow them down.
For every bit the Padres are unlucky to be facing the Twins, Minnesota is just as unlucky to be seeing the Padres. While they haven’t had quite the offensive explosion (although they did score 10 on the 1st) the Padres have now won 5 of their last 6 games, and all of those wins have come against playoff teams from 2013. We may be witnessing the best Padres baseball of 2014 right now, but they’ll have to quell the red hot Twins’ bats to keep the run going.