Worst Start to a Season That Ended in a Championship

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1991 Minnesota Twins

1991 Minnesota Twins

Start of Season: 2-9

Rest of Season: 93-58

Hot Streak: From late May to late June, went 22-2, including a 15-game winning streak

Coming off a last-place finish in the AL West the previous year, the Twins’ expectations were low. And early in the season, they met them. In their first 11 games, they were shut out three times, managed more than four runs only twice and were outscored 54-33. But after losing to Texas on May 27 to fall 7 1/2 games off the pace, the Twins launched a dominant 22-2 streak during which Scott Erickson and Jack Morris each won five consecutive starts and the staff surrendered more than four runs only twice.

By season’s end, the offense had come around as well. Seven starters averaged at least .277, led by Kirby Puckett at .319, and Chili Davis had team highs of 29 home runs and 93 RBIs. They pulled away to win the AL West by eight games and beat the favored Blue Jays in the ALCS. Then the Twins edged the Braves in what some call the best World Series ever. Five games were decided by one run, four came down to the last at-bat and three went extra innings. The signature moment was Morris’ 10 innings of shutout ball to win the seventh game, 1-0.

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