Category: Ervin Santana

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 »

September 3, 2016

Twins go back to losing after snapping 13-game slide

The Twins beat the Chicago White Sox on Thursday to snap a 13-game losing streak, then quickly returned to form by being blown out by the Sox on Friday, 11-4. It’s pretty clear that the only Twins pitcher who can win with any regularity is the one who halted the extended losing streak: Ervin Santana.... Continue Reading »

August 29, 2016

On to Cleveland: Will the Twins win there?

As predicted, Kyle Gibson and the Twins couldn’t beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, so the losing streak now stands at 10 games. It’s the longest losing streak of the season, and they’ll now have to try to end it in Cleveland with Hector Santiago on Monday. I’m not hopeful. Longest Twins losing streaks14... Continue Reading »

August 28, 2016

Losing streak stands at 9 games after Blue Jays rally to top Twins

The Twins handed starter Ervin Santana a 5-0 lead on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Blue Jays chipped away all game to finally take the lead and preserve the 8-7 win. For the Twins, it was the team’s ninth straight loss, tying the longest losing streak of the season. In case you’ve... Continue Reading »

August 22, 2016

Now the Twins’ season could get really ugly, part 3

The Twins were swept on the road by the Kansas City Royals and now they come home to face the Detroit Tigers for three games, before hitting the road to play the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. All of this could go very badly for the Twins. It was the Royals' first four-game... Continue Reading »

August 17, 2016

Tweet stirs reporter to call former Twin Nick Punto

The Twins on Tuesday got their first win over the Atlanta Braves this season, getting another quality start out of Ervin Santana, who scattered four hits over seven innings and didn’t allow a run in a 4-2 victory. He also walked two, struck out six and lowered his ERA to 3.43. I wish I could... Continue Reading »

August 7, 2016

Miguel Sano’s up-and-down play gives Twins more to ponder

Will the real Miguel Sano please stand up? Sano, a surefire star in the making (right?) for the Twins, has recently struggled at the plate and in the field, raising the prospect of a return to Triple-A Rochester. No doubt Sano has heard the talk about his possible return to the minors, so in response... 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.