Category: Devin Smeltzer

March 8, 2021

Twins starting pitching has been sensational. The bullpen? Now that’s a different story

In games that Twins pitchers Jose Berrios, Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, Matt Shoemaker, Devin Smeltzer and Lewis Thorpe have started so far this spring — and this is likely to be the starting rotation, give or take Smeltzer, for the regular season — they have allowed a grand total of one earned run. That came... Continue Reading »

March 1, 2021

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I will not…

The Twins knocked off the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, a 7-6 win in Game 1 of Grapefruit League action that means the club is well on its way to winning a World Series. Yes, it’s spring training. I will try to restrain myself. Best thing I’ve seen in a really long time – fans... Continue Reading »

February 22, 2021

Brian Dozier, we hardly knew ye

Second baseman Brian Dozier, who spent seven of his nine seasons with the Twins, called it a career last week and retired. He leaves the game at 33. Dozier was traded by the Twins to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018. He was never the same player after he left Minnesota, although he would eventually... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2020

Twins go from losing streak to winning streak after series win over Chisox

The Twins made it two wins in a row on Wednesday after a convincing 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Jose Berrios gave the Twins another quality start and Josh Donaldson, who missed all of August with an injury, returned to the lineup and had two hits, including a double. Berrios has been uneven... Continue Reading »

August 18, 2020

Twins score 4 runs again to beat Royals

Four games, 16 runs and three wins is how it all worked out for the Twins in their series with the Kansas City Royals. They won 4-2, lost 4-2, won again 4-2 and almost did it one more time, beating the Royals 4-1 on Monday. Reliever Matt Wisler started the game and was followed by... Continue Reading »

August 10, 2020

The Twins may have a starting pitching problem

Homer Bailey and Rich Hill are on the disabled list, Jake Odorizzi underwhelmed in his debut, Devin Smeltzer was so-so in his previous start, which means Kenta Maeda and Randy Dobnak are the standout starters for the Twins, and I don’t think anyone expected those two to carry the load this season. And on top... Continue Reading »

August 3, 2020

Forget the bomba squad: How about the Twins’ bullpen squad?

Perhaps this season the Twins will be known for their bullpen and not “bombas.” Reliever Tyler Clippard pitched two scoreless innings, five more relievers limited batters to one run on two hits, and the Twins quieted the Cleveland Indians again for a 3-1 win on Sunday. The Twins took three of four games from the... Continue Reading »

March 9, 2020

Twins veterans appear to get warmer with the weather

On a 75-degree Sunday, Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda turned in his best pitching performance of the spring, hurling four scoreless innings of two-hit baseball with no walks. He also struck out six of the 13 Boston batters he faced, in what would eventually be a 7-6, Red Sox win. Perhaps not lost on any... Continue Reading »

February 24, 2020

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I will not…

Three “spring” games are already in the books for your 2020 Minnesota Twins, including a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a 5-5 tie on Sunday versus the Toronto Blue Jays. A Twins lineup of youngsters and prospects also had no trouble against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, beating the college team 16-0. Baseball... Continue Reading »

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.