Thanks to a dominate 29-11 won-lost mark to open the season, the Minnesota Twins were able to weather an 11-12 June and a 13-15 July to remain in solid contention in the AL West, finishing the month in third place with a record of 57-47, just 6½ games behind the division-leading Rangers and 1½ games behind the Royals. And with an upcoming schedule that pits the Twins against sub-.500 teams in 22 of their next 30 games, they might find themselves sitting in first place—for the first time since before the All-Star break—by the end of August.
Hosken Powell (.306) and Mike Cubbage (.304) were the only Twins batters to hit above .300 in July, and though Rod Carew led the team with 32 hits, his batting average for the month dipped to an uncharacteristic .271. For the season, shortstop Roy Smalley leads the squad in average (.328), runs (67), home runs (16), and runs batted in (73), while Carew once again leads in hits, with 134. On the mound, Dave Goltz returned to his early-season form with a 2.61 ERA for the month, but a lack of run support left him with a 2-2 mark in six starts. Gary Serum went 3-1 with one save as a spot starter (and is 11-4 for the season, tops on the Twins), while reliever Mike Marshall saved more than half of his team’s wins for July, with seven. And July also saw my friend Joe S play his first-ever SP78 game, piloting Minnesota to an 8-6 loss to the Yankees back in 2012.
To visit the Twins team page for stats and results through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all AL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.