Category: Hector Santiago

March 7, 2017

Hector Santiago has an ERA of 12.27 — and that’s a good thing

Starter Hector Santiago lowered his spring ERA to 12.27 after a much improved effort against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Normally, an earned run average that high would be no cause for celebration, except that in Santiago’s case, his ERA was even higher after he was on the losing end of a 19-0 blowout loss... Continue Reading »

March 1, 2017

Well, at least Byung Ho Park is hitting

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park appears determined to return to the Twins based on his play so far this spring. Park, who struggled last season and eventually was sent to the minors, has three extra-base hits, including two home runs. As for how well the rest of the Twins are playing, it was hard to... Continue Reading »

October 2, 2016

Twins’ Santiago and 3 relievers shutout White Sox

Twins starter Hector Santiago and three relievers combined to shutout the Chicago White Sox 6-0 on Saturday, limiting the Pale Hose to four hits. For Santiago, it was by far his best start for the Twins since coming to the club from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for Ricky Nolasco in August.... Continue Reading »

September 26, 2016

There it is: 100 losses and counting for the 2016 Minnesota Twins

The spoiler tour officially ended Sunday after the Twins lost their 100th game of the season to the Seattle Mariners, 4-3. Molitor on 100th loss: "It doesn’t sit well. I’ve never experienced it. It's going to stare at you all winter long, I know that." — Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) September 25, 2016 And like a... Continue Reading »

September 17, 2016

Twins fall to Mets and the ageless wonder Bartolo Colon

The Twins were shutout by none other than Bartolo Colon on Friday, the 43-year-old starting pitcher for the New York Mets who won his 14th game of the season and No. 232 of his amazing, age-defying career. Colon scattered three hits over seven innings and then stepped aside for two relievers who blanked the Twins... Continue Reading »

September 4, 2016

Twins get blowout victory over White Sox

After the Chicago White Sox ran up the score on Friday, the Twins got some offensive production to do the same on Saturday and beat the Sox 11-3. I’d like to write that this victory was meaningful for the Twins, but that’s hard to do when the team is 34 games under .500 and 28... Continue Reading »

August 30, 2016

11 straight losses and counting for the Minnesota Twins

Monday’s loss to the Cleveland Indians, the 11th straight for the struggling Twins, may have been the most painful of the season-worst losing streak. That’s because the Twins battled for 10 innings and got an improved effort from starting pitcher Hector Santiago. Yet in the bottom of the 10th, the Indians’ Jason Kipnis singled home... Continue Reading »

August 25, 2016

Pitching? What pitching? Twins lose to Tigers — again

What’s left to say? Twins pitching is terrible and it showed again Wednesday after Tyler Duffey gave up seven hits and six runs, all earned, in three-plus innings of work. Duffey might lead the team with eight wins, but now he also leads the team with 10 losses. He exited the game with an ERA... 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 »

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.