Moriah Jefferson, Lynx guard (⬆️ UP)
This hasn’t been the easiest season for Minnesota. Key players have missed time due to injuries, playing overseas and a pregnancy. The roster even went through something of a makeover right before the start of the season. But amongst the rubble of a 4-13 start, a gem might have been uncovered in Jefferson. Released by Dallas on May 8, the Lynx signed the veteran guard five days later. She’s been a constant in a season of inconsistency. This past week, Jefferson posted a season-high 23 points to go with seven assists at Las Vegas then had 12 points and nine assists in a win at Phoenix. In those two games Jefferson hit a combined 5 of 8 3-point attempts. On the season with the Lynx, she’s averaging 12.9 points – her highest average since her 2016 rookie season – and 5.5 assists, currently fifth best in franchise history. Jefferson has also sunk 48.4% of her 3-point attempts, which leads the WNBA (and would set a team record). Not a lot has gone right for the Lynx this season, but the signing of Jefferson is one thing which has.
Luis Arraez, Twins infielder (⬆️ UP)
With Jorge Polanco on the injured list, Arraez is filling in at second base instead of his normal first base (normal for this year, that is; we’ve said this before but prior to this season he played all of one game there in his pro career and that came in 2014). The position switch hasn’t hurt his hitting. In five games last week, Arraez went 8-for-18 (.444) with three doubles, a homer, four runs and five RBI. He’s leading the majors in average (.362) and on-base percentage (.442) while his slugging percentage (.457) is a career best and his four homers have tied his career high, set in 92 games as a rookie in 2019.
Gio Urshela, Twins third baseman (⬇️ DOWN)
Urshela’s June funk continues. He was just 3-for-20 last week with a pair of doubles and seven strikeouts. In the month he’s slashing just .217/.266/.317 in 64 plate appearances with no homers, four runs and five RBI and has 14 strikeouts – just three fewer than he had in 101 PA in May.
Dylan Bundy, Twins starting pitcher (⬆️ UP)
It had been a rough go of it for Bundy in his previous three starts. He’d allowed 4+ runs in each and only went 2 1/3 and four innings in his previous two starts. But Saturday at Arizona he sparkled, going a season-long eight innings and allowing just one run on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. It was also the former No. 4 overall pick’s 50th career victory.
Sonny Gray, Twins starting pitcher (⬆️ UP)
Making his first start in over two weeks, Gray came off the injured list and three five shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, didn’t walk a batter and fanned three. Gray only threw 64 pitches – he’s topped 70 just once this season. However, he’s allowed just five runs over his last 32 1/3 innings (1.39 ERA).
Minnesota Timberwolves (( ◔ ʖ̯ ◔ ) WAITING)
The NBA draft is Thursday. Free agency is closing in. Will the team make any trades? It’s the beginning of the reign of new president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and we can’t wait to see what happens.