Category: Ervin Santana

April 27, 2017

As they usually do, Twins take series from Rangers

Despite Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Texas Rangers, the Twins still won two of three games to win the series. And that’s something the Twins usually accomplish when they play the Rangers. This isn’t on the same level as the Yankees’ dominance of the Twins in recent years, but the Twins still have found a... Continue Reading »

April 20, 2017

Twins fall to .500 after loss to Tribe

I guess it was too much to ask to think that the Twins could sustain their 5-1 start and somehow win the division, the American League championship and the 2017 World Series. After all, this is essentially the same team that took the field last season and lost more than 100 games. After that great... Continue Reading »

April 16, 2017

All our hopes and dreams may be realized, Twins fans — part 2

During spring training, pitcher and newcomer Adalberto Mejia showed off his pitching potential after he struck out eight St. Louis Cardinals in three-plus innings. But the future of Twins pitching burned brighter still on Saturday after veteran Ervin Santana improved to 3-0 by pitching a complete game shutout of the Chicago White Sox. Santana went... Continue Reading »

April 11, 2017

Did Falvey & Co. simply flip a switch?

The Twins improved to 5-1 on Sunday after their 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field (Ugh). It’s the best start for the Twins in years and yet the question remains: How are they doing it? Of course, I’m pleased with the results and want them to win, but this team... Continue Reading »

April 7, 2017

I can hardly believe it: Twins win 3 straight to start 2017 season

How do you erase the memory of a 103-loss season? You win early and often, which is exactly what the Twins have done by taking three games from the Kansas City Royals to start the season. They now find themselves in the extremely rare position of sitting atop the American League Central with the Cleveland... Continue Reading »

April 5, 2017

Twins win! And snap a long losing streak in the process

All is well in Twins land. They won on opening day for the first time since 2008, they won’t start the season 0-9 like last season and maybe, just maybe, free agent catcher Jason Castro will be the team’s saviour after all. Castro, working with starter Ervin Santana, limited the Kansas City Royals to one... Continue Reading »

March 19, 2017

My apologies to Mr. Phil Hughes, baseball pitcher

Despite giving up three home runs in his last start, starting pitcher Phil Hughes still struck out four batters in five innings and came away with the no decision. And yet I singled out his tendency to give up the long ball in a recent post. But he improved on that previous effort by shutting... Continue Reading »

March 5, 2017

Will the real Twins please stand up?

I was prepared to sit down at my computer tonight and rip the Twins for lackluster play so far this spring, especially after they lost 19-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. But then the Twins won on Friday and Saturday and it was a reminder that they have the talent to succeed — and it... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2016

Another game, another loss for the Twins

It was another ho-hum affair for the Twins versus the New York Mets. They were shutout on Friday (3-0) and didn’t do much better on Saturday, losing 3-2 in 12 innings. They got solo home runs from Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton, but the Mets’ Curtis Granderson hit two home runs, including one in the... Continue Reading »

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.