September 26, 2016

There it is: 100 losses and counting for the 2016 Minnesota Twins

The spoiler tour officially ended Sunday after the Twins lost their 100th game of the season to the Seattle Mariners, 4-3.

And like a lot of losses this season, this one fell into a fairly predictable pattern of not enough pitching (Hector Santiago surrendered three home runs), not enough defense (the team committed three more errors), and while they outhit the Mariners on Sunday (9 to 6), they also struck out 11 times as a team.

It’s also the first time the Twins have lost 100 games since 1982. That year they finished 60-102. The Twins can tie that record if they win four of their final six games over the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox. If not, 2016 will go down as the worst season in Twins history.

One-hundred loss seasons for the Twins and Washington Senators. The Senators became the Twins in 1961.

2016: 56-100 (as of Sunday)

1982: 60-102

1955: 53-101

1949: 50-104

1909: 42-110

1907: 49-102

1904: 38-113

Jose Berrios gets the ball on Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-Sunday’s three errors now gives the Twins 125 on the season.

-Brian Dozier’s hitting streak ended at 24 games.

-Sunday’s game was the last at Target Field for 2016. Paid attendance was 22,092.

-The Twins will finish 2016 with losing records against every team in the American League, except for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4-2), the Texas Rangers (5-2) and the Seattle Mariners (4-2).

-Hector Santiago on Sunday fell to 12-10 with an ERA of 4.87 since coming to the Twins in August in exchange for Ricky Nolasco.

-Max Kepler hit his 17th home run on Sunday.

 

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September 22, 2016

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September 19, 2016

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September 15, 2016

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September 12, 2016

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September 11, 2016

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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.