The Minnesota Twins are anything but the lousy team most experts anticipated they would be this season.
Projected to lose at least 90 games for a fifth season in a row, the Twins' record of 26-18 is good for the third-best winning percentage in the American League, and the sixth-best in all of baseball.
“Surprised? Absolutely not,” Brian Dozier told Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune. “We know what kind of team we have.”
But let's get serious, this Twins team might be a serious contender in the ultra-tough Central division.
More than a quarter through the season and the Twins are just two games behind the Royals and Astros for the best record in the AL, and despite losing 7 of 9 to the Tigers this season, they're a game ahead of their Detroit nemesis.
Seriously: The Twins are 25-12 since starting the season 1-6.
Seriously: That's a 37-game winning percentage of .676.
Seriously: They've reached 26 wins before June for the first time since 2010.
Seriously: Dozier leads all of MLB with 35 runs scored
Seriously: The Twins throw dance parties after home victories.
"You got some guys that like to get almost all the way naked and go in there and surround a guy," starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey said of the postgame dance parties, according to the Pioneer Press. "It's pretty entertaining. You can imagine us being frustrated when we lose at home and don't get to see that. It's pretty good. It's fun."
Seriously: Kyle Gibson and Pelfrey own two of the best ERAs in the AL.
But seriously, it's almost to the point where fans are getting excited, like, for real. Twins Daily adds that because no player on the team is performing far above their potential, and the team has some depth, there's reason for optimism in Minnesota.