Byron Buxton is on pace to play in his most games since 2017 and has proven to be one of the best in the Majors when he stays healthy.
Byron Buxton doing Byron Buxton things in the All-Star game.
What a great moment on a national stage.pic.twitter.com/1xjRm4fYMp
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) July 20, 2022
Whether it be with his glove or bat Byron Buxton is a showstopper, the only question was whether or not he could stay healthy enough to be in the lineup. Tuesday night Buxton started his 88th game of the season which makes it the most he has played in since 2017. Between then and now, some of the injuries he has dealt with include his shoulder, wrist, foot as well as multiple concussions.
Even this season he has had a few different stints on the Injured List, including just a few weeks ago when he returned from the All-Star Break and was placed there after having some issues with his shoulders.
Since returning from that shoulder injury, Buxton has gotten hot at the right time as his Twins are in a fight for the American League Central pennant.
He is batting .291 with a .371 on base percentage, five home runs and eight RBI and three stolen bases since then.
Entering Tuesday, the Twins are just a game back of the Guardians for the top spot in their division, which makes every game from now until October crucial to each team’s playoff hopes.
Buxton came to play over the weekend, however his team lost two of three games.
BYRON BUXTON TURNS THE GAME SAVING DOUBLE PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH WOW!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/OM5vlxhrdq
— Mr Matthew CFB (@MrMatthewCFB) August 14, 2022
Saturday night they were tied with the Angels at three runs a piece in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners on first and third.
Buxton ran in on a fly ball and made a diving catch before firing a strike to first base to double off Shohei Ohtani to end the inning.
The Twins would end up losing the game, but that play added yet another highlight to one of the most stacked fielding resumes for any player in recent history.
Byron Buxton hits a 2-run shot (28) to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
— MLB Updates (@MLBNews1234) August 14, 2022
The next day he hit his 28th homer of the season which is good for the third most in the American League trailing only Aaron Judge and Yordan Alvarez. Buxton has hit a home run in 10 consecutive road series and has hit 55 home runs since he last grounded into a double play. That is the most home runs ever between double plays in Major League history. In his last three games Buxton has a home run and is batting .462 with two hits in each game.
This weekend Buxton welcomes in Marcus Semien and the Texas Rangers to the Twin City for a three-game set.