MINNEAPOLIS The early-season chills in the air have resulted in several Minnesota Twins games being postponed. The cold air has also been the possible culprit of another trend: a lack of home runs.
Through Tuesday's doubleheader against Miami, the Twins have hit just nine home runs this season, the second-fewest in baseball aside from the Marlins' six homers. By comparison, the Atlanta Braves lead all of baseball with 29 long balls. Braves outfielder Justin Upton has hit 11 of those on his own, more than both the Twins and Marlins.
Despite a lack of power, the Twins still boast a 9-8 record following Tuesday's split of the doubleheader. Home runs have not been a big part of Minnesota's offense in recent years, and the Twins are far from concerned about the lack of homers through the first 17 games.
"We know we're a team that's going to score runs, going to hit home runs," said Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who has two of Minnesota's nine homers. "We just really haven't had a ...