The Minnesota Twins lead the AL Central division with a healthy 27-16 record.
Lots of players have contributed to get there: Byron Buxton is the team leader and star performer, but the pitching has been solid, and other pieces of the lineup have helped, too.
One of those pieces is Carlos Correa.
The Twins paid a lot of money to pry Correa away from other teams during the offseason, and after a rather slow start of the season and a finger injury, he is starting to get hot at the right time, as Minnesota tries to separate from the pack.
“Carlos Correa has reached safely in 15 straight games,” Do-Hyoung Park, who covers the Twins for MLB.com, tweeted on Wednesday.
Carlos Correa has reached safely in 15 straight games.
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) May 25, 2022
15 straight games reaching base is a nice little streak: for 15 games in a row, Correa has been there, on the basepaths, for his teammates to drive him in.
His season line still looks rather weak compared to other seasons: he is hitting .274/.346/.402 with two home runs and a .748 OPS.
A Turnaround Of Sorts
However, if you look closer, he is starting to turn things around.
In his last seven games, the elite shortstop is slashing .348/.444/.522.
If we extend the search to his last 15 games, he is still mashing: .386/.444/.561 with a homer and 12 RBI.
Correa’s offensive upside is tremendous: he has had seasons of more than .900 OPS and has a career .834 mark.
That, combined with his stellar defense, makes him one of the most valuable infielders in baseball.
The Twins are lucky to have him, and his offensive numbers should start climbing in a hurry.
On top of all that, he is a proven postseason performer, something that will excite Twins fans.