Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 3 days ago

Mauer went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and one RBI Sunday against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mauer accounted for a pair of runs in the fifth inning that gave the Twins a three-run lead in a game the Twins would eventually go on to lose. He's now hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, and he owns a .337/.459/.461 slash line.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 4 days ago

Mauer went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to Detroit to raise his batting average to .321.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mauer is hitting .321/.453/.440 through 24 games and there are plenty of reasons to believe his strong start to the season is sustainable. Mauer's walk rate fell to a career low for a full season last year (10.1 percent) and his contact rate was near a career low (81 percent). He's improved in both areas this season with a 18.9 percent walk rate and 89 percent contact rate. His 9:20 K:BB ratio indicates he may be back to the player he was before a 2013 concussion.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 2 weeks ago

Mauer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mauer will just be taking a rest day for Sunday's matinee, giving way to Byung-ho Park at first base. The longtime Twin has looked great to start the season with a .328 average over 64 at-bats, but has still been a subpar source of power at first base, compiling only five extra-base hits to date.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 3 weeks ago

Mauer went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run Sunday against the Royals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mauer ended the week with a .400 batting average to go with a home run. He now has posted multi-hit games in three of his first six contests.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 4 weeks ago

Mauer hit his first homer of the season as part of a 2-for-4 evening Thursday against the Orioles.

Competitive Edge Analysis

His first-inning long ball got the Twins started on the right foot, but they weren't able to get much thereafter. Considering Mauer's never topped 11 homers since his outlier 2009, we can't expect more than about that number this year. A career .313 hitter, he also saw his average decline into unhelpful territory over the past two seasons, leaving Mauer with fairly little fantasy appeal outside AL-only formats at this point.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 2 months ago

Mauer went 1-for-1 with two walks in Wednesday's spring training win over Boston. He's hitting .286 (4-for-14) with three walks in seven games this spring.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mauer has experimented with using sun glasses after he experienced blurred vision at the plate at times last season. Mauer hasn't been the same hitter since suffering a concussion in 2013. Mauer was hitting .323 with an .873 OPS in his career before suffering a concussion in August 2013, and has hit just .270 with a .725 OPS since. Mauer's command of the strike zone has slipped the past two seasons as he was near career lows at drawing walks and near career highs in strikeouts and swinging at pitches out of the zone. Mauer drawing walks in spring training games could be a good sign as a result.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 3 months ago

Mauer will try hitting with sunglasses for the first time during spring training in an attempt to improve his pitch tracking, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although Mauer hasn't had a concussion since 2013, he has still experienced blurred vision at the plate from time to time. "There are so many different symptoms. For me it was lighting, I couldn't really pick up the ball. It was blurry at times. Where I am here versus last year at this time, I can tell my workouts are better," Mauer stated in an interview. The 32-year-old hit .248/.316/.354 in day games and .276/.352/.396 in night games in 2015, so it appears this move does have potential to help him improve at the dish in 2016.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 7 months ago

Mauer isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mauer doesn't receive many days off, but he'll get one Sunday along with many of the other Twins regulars following the team's elimination from playoff contention. Kennys Vargas will receive the start at first base in his place, batting fifth.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 7 months ago

Mauer went 2-for-5 with his 10th homer and two runs scored in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Indians.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ten homers is about as much as you can expect in a given season from Mauer at this point in his career, with that outlier of 28 from back in 2009 feeling like it was about a million years ago. Despite the "milestone" of double-digit homers, his steady decline continues, as Mauer's sitting on a new career high in strikeouts, while his .341 OBP is more than 50 points under his career average.

Joe Mauer 1B/DH MIN 8 months ago

Mauer went 3-for-5 with a double in Monday's win over Detroit to extend his streak of reaching base to 34 games.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mauer is hitting .292/.376/.400 in his last 34 games. He's having the worst season of his career at the plate with a career low .719 OPS despite being on track for the most games and plate appearances in his career. At least he's finishing the season on a hot streak.