A clutch Royce Lewis grand slam and a walk-off walk from Michael A. Taylor push the Twins over the Texas Rangers 7-6
Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights feature is Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael A. Taylor, who is having a career year while filling in for the oft-injured Byron Buxton.
Michael A. Taylor has been on fire for the Minnesota Twins lately as they are fighting to stay atop of the American League Central Division. For the Twins, they will need to win the division if they want a shot at postseason play and that is something that Taylor knows.
Taylor has been one of the Twins’ best hitters during the last week and a half. On August 24th, Taylor had one of his best performances of the season against the Texas Rangers, going 2-for-3 with two solo home runs as the Twins defeated Texas 7-5. The 32-year-old has provided a lot of production at the bottom of the lineup for the Twins.
His seven-game hitting streak came to an end on Sunday against the Texas Rangers. And his 19 home runs tie a career-best that he set back in 2017 with the Washington Nationals.
In his first year with Minnesota, Taylor has been doing what has been asked of him. The Twins will need Taylor to be healthy throughout the remainder of the season, because he is a player that you don’t want out of the lineup.
The veteran has been an efficient player throughout his career and has postseason experience as well. Oh and let’s not forget he was part of the Nationals World Series team back in 2019.
Taylor has been a lockdown defender in the outfield as well, winning a Gold Glove Award in 2021.
Through 112 games this season at centerfield, Taylor has a .989 fielding percentage with one assist.
And at the plate, he’s hitting .228 through 114 games with 43 RBI. Taylor is not known as a power hitter, but this season he’s displayed some pop in that bat. There’s a strong chance that he will set a new career high in homers, especially with how he’s been hitting as of late.
The Twins are going to need Taylor healthy too. He’s been dealing with a hamstring issue, but it’s nothing too serious.
However, if you’re the Twins, you want to make sure that you’re taking the necessary precautions to make sure that the issue doesn’t get any worse and force Taylor to miss some significant time. Minnesota definitely does not want to go down that right. Taylor has been too valuable to have him sidelined due to injury.
If Minnesota does win the division, this will be Taylor’s fourth appearance in the postseason.
The previous three have all come with the Nationals. His last appearance was back in 2019, when Washington won it all and he put together a solid playoff performance.
He hit .333 through eight games and had two home runs.
With fellow MLBbro Byron Buxton out, Taylor has stepped up time after time this season and has shown why he’s a game changer out there on the field. Just imagine what it would have been like if Buxton and Taylor were both roaming the outfield and doing damage at the plate.
That definitely would have been an opposing team’s nightmare. But for now, Taylor is making sure that he gives opposing teams his best effort on the field.
Rachel Hill goes “First To Third” on Minnesota Twins outfielder Michael A. Taylor, who lost his sister at age 20 to a rare genetic condition and therefore continues working to help accelerate scientific advancements for the disease. His sister, Danielle was born with trisomy-18, which causes severe developmental delays and only a 5-10% chance to live beyond the first year.
The Minnesota Twins are currently 54-50, two games ahead of the Cleveland Guardians in the American League Central. They are in a great position heading into a weekend series against the lowly Kansa City Royals. However, the Twins will not be able to make a sustained playoff push without their MLBbros contributing to the cause.
Michael A. Taylor
Micheal Taylor has been enjoying his best month of the season in July. With a batting average of .268 and OPS of .821, Taylor has helped the Twins go 13-8 so far this month (as of July 27). Providing stability at the bottom of the lineup, the MLBbro has been a welcome addition to the Twins in his first year. His solid play in the outfield has also allowed the team to use the injury plagued Buxton at the DH position.
Buxton Struggles Post All-Star Break
The Twins are hoping that some of the recent struggles that have plagued their slugger, MLBbro Byron Buxton, will go away. Post All-Star break, Buxton has batted only .091, tallying only three hits in 33 at-bats. There are some concerns with his lower-than-normal OPS (.702). He still has significant power, evidenced by 30 of his 57 hits being extra-base hits. Eliminating some of the strikeouts will go a long way in helping Buxton to get back to himself down the stretch.
Boasting an exit velocity that ranks in the 77th percentile shows that he is hitting the ball hard, just not in the right spots, so a breakout is almost inevitable.
Nick Gordon Injury Update
MLBbro Nick Gordon has not played since May 17th. He fractured his right shin and has been on the IL ever since. He is slated to resume baseball activities as early as next week. His versatility will be a welcome addition, especially as a playoff stretch piece that comes from inside the clubhouse, rather than via a trade. The Twins will need all hands on deck to keep their playoff hopes alive and to fend off the pesky Guardians. The return of another solid young player like Gordon, could help them in many ways.