Twins’ Byron Buxton reveals his and Carlos Correa’s secret to success
Byron Buxton clubbed a home run in the Minnesota Twins 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday. The superstar outfielder’s homer led the Twins to the win, as the team now holds a 3.5 game lead in the AL Central. Buxton revealed a team-wide mentality in regards to Minnesota’s game plan when playing away from home, per MLB.com.
“Taking that excitement out of the crowd right away, for us, that’s when we know things are starting to click and things are going good,” Buxton said. “For us, that’s kind of like our motivation.”
The Twins top three hitters possess an aggressive mentality at the plate. Luis Arraez is one of the better contact hitters in MLB. Meanwhile, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa are two of the most balanced hitters in the game. Buxton understands that the trio holds the ability to seize momentum early on the road.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli commented on Minnesota’s first-inning mindset.
“First inning is a unique spot, because pitchers are sometimes getting settled in and they’re not totally comfortable and some maybe aren’t doing some things that they do later in the game.”
The Twins have emerged as the team to beat in the AL Central with Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton leading the way. The Cleveland Guardians are the only other team in the division with a record of above .500. The Chicago White Sox continue to labor and one has to wonder if they will be able to turn their season around.
For now, this is Minnesota’s division for the taking.