March 16, 2017

All our hopes and dreams may be realized, Twins fans

The hopes and dreams of Twins fans around the world (well, maybe) were lifted immeasurably on Wednesday after top pitching prospect, Adalberto Mejia, took the mound and dominated over three-plus innings of work.

The Twins traded infielder Eduardo Nunez to the San Francisco Giants for Mejia last season.

The big lefty struck out eight St. Louis Cardinals, while giving up only four hits, en route to a 8-0 win. Behind the plate, Jason Castro, the free agent catcher signed by the Twins for his ability to handle pitchers, including pitch-framing skills. No doubt Mejia is a talented pitcher, but if Castro can harness some of that raw ability, then I’m ready to declare that things are looking up for the Twins.

“I kept thinking ‘Just throw strikes, just throw strikes’ there’s nothing else you can do out there if you keep thinking about anything else,” Mejia told MLB.com.

Meanwhile, the Twins banged out nine hits, including extra-base hits from Joe Mauer, Max Kepler and Byron Buxton. How perfect is that? Good pitching, backed up by hits from veterans and newcomers alike.

Mejia’s performance wasn’t lost on the twitterati:

 

 

 

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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.