Pittsburgh Pirates look to finish homestand strong against the Twins

After taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates will look to finish their homestand off on the right foot against the Minnesota Twins.
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The Twins at the plate this season have been neither great nor bad. Their team hitting slash of .229/.302/.396 won't impress anyone, but the Twins do have a bit of pop in their bats, with their 69 home runs this season ranking seventh-best in the AL. Their 271 runs scored this season also puts them in the middle of the pack in the American League.

DH Ryan Jeffers

The most dangerous hitter throughout the season for the Twins has been Jeffers. He's hitting .239/.329/.511 this season with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 184 at-bats. He also holds a team high OPS+ of 138 while also being the only Twin with a OPS above .800.

3B Royce Lewis

When healthy, Lewis has proven to be one of the game's brightest young hitters. That being said, he's unfortunately rarely been healthy over the last two seasons.

After missing mostly all of April and May with an injury, Lewis recently returned to the Twins lineup and will be active in Pittsburgh this weekend. In three games this season, Lewis has three home runs and three RBI. If you need a little bit more of a sample size, through his first 73 career games, Lewis has 20 home runs and 70 RBI while posting a .314/.374/.583 slash and 162 OPS+.

RF Max Kepler

The 10-year veteran has been one of the Twins' best hitters throughout the last decade and is putting together a solid season thus far. In 43 games played, the German-born outfielder is hitting .261/.325/.444 with four home runs and 21 RBI.

1B Carlos Santana

Yes, Carlos Santana is still around and yes, he's still a productive major league hitter. In 57 games this season, Santana has nine home runs and 25 RBI with a 101 OPS+. He's not nearly the hitter he used to be, but he can still get it done at the plate, as Pirates fans know well.