August 28, 2016

Losing streak stands at 9 games after Blue Jays rally to top Twins

The Twins handed starter Ervin Santana a 5-0 lead on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Blue Jays chipped away all game to finally take the lead and preserve the 8-7 win. For the Twins, it was the team’s ninth straight loss, tying the longest losing streak of the season. In case you’ve forgotten (or maybe you’re drinking to forget) the Twins had a nine-game losing streak in April. Who knew this season would become such a shambles?

One more loss and the Twins hit rock bottom. As the saying goes, there’s no place to go but up. Not really. I don’t expect Kyle Gibson to beat the Blue Jays on Sunday, and then after playing the first-place team in the American League East, the Twins head to Cleveland to play the first-place club in the American League Central. After that they come home and play the White Sox, Royals and Indians. Then it’s back on the road to play the Tigers and Mets. Wow. The Twins could absolutely be reeling by then.

Santana was so-so on Saturday. He gave the Twins six-plus innings, but he also walked five, which led to six runs, all earned. Still, Santana came away with a no-decision. Reliever Ryan Pressly got hung with the blown save and loss to fall to 6-6 on the season.

Extra innings…

-Reliever Pressly must be worn out. Pressly has appeared in 60 games this season, which is tied for first in the American League. Not too far behind him is Michael Tonkin, also of the Twins, at 56 games.

-You know why the New York Yankees parted with catcher John Ryan Murphy and sent him to the Twins in exchange for Aaron Hicks? They had catcher Gary Sanchez waiting in the wings, who has so far hit 11 home runs in 23 games — faster than anyone in MLB history. Jesus.

-Interesting story in the Strib about the organizational changes coming to the Twins’ front office, a structure that has found success in Boston, Chicago (Cubs) and Toronto.

Owner Jim Pohlad and President Dave St. Peter have decided to restructure the Twins’ baseball operations department, and they plan to hire a presidential-level executive who will have authority over all baseball decisions yet be freed from the day-to-day particulars of the GM job.

The story widely quotes St. Peter, which made me wonder: What makes this guy think he will survive the changes? Be careful what you wish for because I expect the new “presidential-level” hire to clean house after this mess of a season. And even though ownership has said they were committed to manager Paul Molitor for 2017, I don’t see it. I think Molitor and pitching coach Neil Allen are gone, while hitting coach Tom Brunansky likely has earned his keep. If the Twins want to model the front office after the Boston Red Sox, get used to change, not continuity. In Boston, it’s win now, not later. I’d welcome that change in Minnesota.

 

 

 

August 27, 2016

Twins pounded by Blue Jays to extend losing streak to 8 games

On three occasions, I’ve written about moments in the season when it appeared the Twins might fall trap to an extended losing streak. And in two of those cases, I’m happy to say my dire predictions did not come true. But not this time. After the Twins were swept at the hands of the Kansas... Continue Reading »

August 25, 2016

Pitching? What pitching? Twins lose to Tigers — again

What’s left to say? Twins pitching is terrible and it showed again Wednesday after Tyler Duffey gave up seven hits and six runs, all earned, in three-plus innings of work. Duffey might lead the team with eight wins, but now he also leads the team with 10 losses. He exited the game with an ERA... Continue Reading »

August 24, 2016

Losing streak grows to 5 games after Twins drop opener to Tigers

The Twins endured a self-inflicted loss on Tuesday with too many walks, too many wild pitches and too many home runs. The result was an 8-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers and a losing streak that stands at five games. Starter Kyle Gibson got hung with the loss and fell to 5-8. He had command... Continue Reading »

August 22, 2016

Now the Twins’ season could get really ugly, part 3

The Twins were swept on the road by the Kansas City Royals and now they come home to face the Detroit Tigers for three games, before hitting the road to play the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. All of this could go very badly for the Twins. It was the Royals' first four-game... Continue Reading »

August 20, 2016

Twins’ Kyle Gibson wins, beats Atlanta Braves. So what?

Starter Kyle Gibson beat the Atlanta Braves the other night, making it two wins over the Braves to even the season series with the club. Gibson also threw his first career 9-inning complete game to win 10-3. That’s great, Kyle. Good job. Nice work. Atta boy. Way to go. Now, can you go out and... Continue Reading »

August 17, 2016

Tweet stirs reporter to call former Twin Nick Punto

The Twins on Tuesday got their first win over the Atlanta Braves this season, getting another quality start out of Ervin Santana, who scattered four hits over seven innings and didn’t allow a run in a 4-2 victory. He also walked two, struck out six and lowered his ERA to 3.43. I wish I could... Continue Reading »

August 15, 2016

Well, at least the Twins’ Brian Dozier hit his 26th home run, right?

In an otherwise disaster of a game, Brian Dozier kept up his torrid home run hitting pace by blasting No. 26 in an 11-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Brian Dozier has now homered in three consecutive games for the second time this month, third time this season, fourth time in his... Continue Reading »

August 14, 2016

The Twins best pitcher has 8 losses and a 5.71 ERA

Despite the eight losses and the stratospheric earned run average, Tyler Duffey won his eighth game on Saturday, a 5-3 win over the visiting Kansas City Royals. That’s back-to-back wins for the Rice University product, who held the Houston Astros to one run on Monday and limited the Royals to two runs over seven innings... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.