July 27, 2017

That was hard — as predicted

The Twins avoided being swept by the Astros, Yankees and Tigers, but nothing went right for the Twins versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, including Wednesday’s loss, in which the Twins raced out to a 5-0 lead, only to lose the game 6-5. Against the Twins, the Dodgers picked up wins 69, 70 and 71.

The Twins, meanwhile, have fallen to 49-51 and are now five and a half games behind the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians. There wasn’t much to like about the Twins-Dodgers series.

Bartolo Colon was so-so on Monday, which wasn’t too much of a surprise, but it was disappointing to see ace-in-the-making Jose Berrios struggle on Tuesday and Ervin Santana wasn’t much better on Wednesday. Those two supposedly are the Twins’ best pitchers, but if they can’t win, who can?

I suggest the Twins wipe the slate clean and start over. Forget that you went 4-8 in your last 12 games and look to the future. The Twins take on Oakland Friday, followed by the San Diego Padres, then it’s back home for a four-game set against the Texas Rangers, a team the Twins usually beat. All are winnable games, which could right the ship of this season before it’s too late.

Newcomer Jaime Garcia gets the ball Friday. He needs to step up and get the Twins a win. They need it.

Extra innings…

-Star defensive outfielder, Byron Buxton, has yet to return from the disabled list because of migraine headaches, according to MLB.com. And slugger, Miguel Sano, is also day-to-day with a sore wrist. Zack Granite appears to have filled in nicely for Buxton in his absence, especially at the plate, but if the Twins lose Sano to the disabled list, this team will not be the same.

 

 

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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.