Nelson Cruz, Twins designated hitter (⬆️ UP)
In another uninspiring performance by Minnesota’s offense Wednesday, Cruz provided the team’s only two hits in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Cruz’s solo shot in the third inning was the 40-year-old’s 10th of the season and 427th of his career, moving him into a tie with Mike Piazza for 50th place in Major League Baseball’s record book. If Cruz can get to 450 home runs this season, which would mean another 23 bombs, he’d sit alone in 40th place.
Matt Dumba, Wild defenseman (⬆️ UP)
After not getting off a single shot in Game 1, Dumba ripped four shots and scored Minnesota’s only goal during Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Vegas in Game 2. It was Dumba’s fourth career playoff goal and his first since Game 3 of a 2018 series against Winnipeg.
Anthony Edwards, Wolves guard (⬆️ UP)
Over the final eight games of the season, Edwards averaged 27 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest while shooting 40.6% from 3-point range. He finished off his Rookie of the Year campaign with 30 points on 10-of-21 shooting (5 of 9 from deep) in a 136-121 win over Dallas on Sunday. Give him the award already, Adam Silver.
Kyle Garlick, Twins outfielder (⬇️ DOWN)
Over his last five games, Garlick is batting .105 (2-for-19) with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Miguel Sano, Twins infielder (⬆️ UP)
Sano might be heating up in the nick of time. He blasted three home runs Tuesday night during Minnesota’s come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox for his fourth, fifth and sixth of the 2021 season. It was Sano’s 10th career game with multiple dingers and his first three-homer effort. Of the Twins’ 13 three-homer games in team history, nine have occurred since 2016. Crazy.
Matt Shoemaker, Twins pitcher (⬆️ UP)
Entering Wednesday’s tilt against the White Sox, Shoemaker had allowed 13 earned runs over his last 14 1/3 innings on the bump. He wasn’t perfect Wednesday, but he did limit the White Sox to two runs over six innings. It just wasn’t enough in the 2-1 loss.