Brian Dozier extends hitting streak to 22 games

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Twins second baseman Brian Dozier already has the American League single-season record for home runs in a season by a second baseman with 41. Now he’s on a 22-game hitting streak, extending it with a 1-for-5 effort in Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Mets.

During Dozier’s 22-game streak, he’s hitting .351/.425/.766 with 11 home runs in 94 at-bats. On the season overall, he’s hitting .280/.353/.573 with 98 RBI and 99 runs scored as well as the 41 round-trippers.

If we all went by Wins Above Replacement, Mike Trout would be the runaway favorite for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. But a lot of people are still skeptical of WAR — some for valid reasons, others not so much — which gives Dozier a chance to win himself some hardware after the season. Dozier’s other competition at second base, Jose Altuve, is batting .222 in September.