The Minnesota Twins lost over 100 games in 2016 and the expectations were super low and rightfully so heading into 2017.

That said, the Minnesota Twins are off to a hot start and the thing that held them back so much in 2016 is one of their biggest atributes so far, that being the pitching,

Ervin Santana is anchoring that starting staff and has been un-hittable through three starts.

It has been more than just Santana on the mound and the bats have given the Twins what they have needed most of the time.

Here are two Minnesota Twins stats through the first 12 games of the season that will surprise you.

  1. The Minnesota Twins lead the American League in run differential at +23 and are tied for the MLB lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  2. The Minnesota Twins lead MLB in runs against with 30.  This is shocking considering it seemed like every game in 2016 there was a explosion of runs given up by Twins pitchers.

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