May 17, 2018

Make room for Lance Lynn — in the bullpen

Starting pitcher Lance Lynn fell to 1-4, his ERA stands at 7.47 and the Twins lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Wednesday. And if Lynn continues to pitch like this, he’ll be sitting next to former starting pitcher Phil Hughes in the bullpen.

Lynn again struggled with his command, throwing 82 pitches in three innings. He gave up three runs, walked four and struck out five. Lynn got into trouble almost immediately in Wednesday’s game, and that’s when Twins beat writer Mike Berardino began to detail his struggles on the mound, including this incredible stat: Over Lynn’s last 120 pitches, he only had six swing and miss strikes.

“For me, it was another bad start this year, and that’s pretty much all I’ve done so far,” Lynn told MLB.com.

The bullpen wasn’t much better either, which gave up four runs the rest of the way, including a solo shot off Hughes in the eighth inning.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball Friday.

Extra innings…

-More bad news on the disabled list front. Starting catcher Jason Castro is out for the season after a knee injury turned out to be worse than first thought, which leaves the Twins with rookie Mitch Garver and journeyman backstop Bobby Wilson. The Twins might be in the market for a catcher.

-There are some ominous signs for Twins pitching. Team pitching currently ranks 14th out of 15 teams in the American League in innings pitched, which means starters aren’t pitching deep into games and relievers are making a lot of appearances. The rotation has only one complete game. Relievers Ryan Pressly, Addison Reed, Trevor Hildenberger and Zach Duke have already appeared in about half of the 40 games played so far this season, with a lot of baseball to go.

-Outfielder Eddie Rosario had three more hits on Wednesday and is now hitting .296.

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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.