Category: Jason Castro

April 10, 2018

Twins lose, but Lynn pitches well in second start

Lance Lynn on Monday pitched well in his second start for the Twins, striking out nine in five innings with no runs allowed. He also slashed his ERA to 5.00 from 11.25 after a disastrous start against the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. But Justin Verlander was just as good for the World Series-winning Houston Astros... Continue Reading »

April 1, 2018

What? Me worry?

Despite the walk-off home run served up by the Twins bullpen in Thursday’s Opening Day loss to the Baltimore Orioles, the overall pitching was pretty good. And on Saturday it was even better. Twins pitching no-hit the Orioles until they got a hit with two outs in the eighth inning. Reliever Gabriel Moya then surrendered... Continue Reading »

March 5, 2018

Anibal Sanchez follows scoreless spring debut with a dud

Newly signed free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez followed his Twins scoreless spring debut with a dud on Sunday, eventually walking off the mound with both the blown save and the loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates rallied from three runs down to beat the Twins 9-3. All went well early in the game. Pitchers... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2017

What do you think of Jaime Garcia now?

Back in July, the Twins’ Falvey & Co. traded a prospect to get starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves, a move that appeared to make sense for a stretch run. But just as quickly he was gone after Falvey & Co. decided to trade him to the New York Yankees for more pitching... Continue Reading »

August 28, 2017

Twins take series from Blue Jays thanks to Byron Buxton

The Twins currently are without star slugger Miguel Sano, first-rate pitch-framer and catcher Jason Castro and pitchers Phil Hughes, Hector Santiago, Adalberto Mejia and Trevor May. But at least they have center fielder Byron Buxton. Byron Buxton. Damn. — LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) August 27, 2017 Buxton, like pitcher Jose Berrios, finally is beginning... Continue Reading »

June 16, 2017

Series with Mariners ends on right note for Twins

It was a wild four-game series with the Seattle Mariners. A blowout loss, followed by a blowout win — the Twins scored 20 runs on 28 hits — followed by a disappointing outing from Ervin Santana. But the series ended well Thursday after pitcher Jose Berrios went eight innings and limited the M’s to two... Continue Reading »

June 11, 2017

Pitching, not hitting, carries the Twins

Aside from a poor start from Hector Santiago, who has since wound up on the disabled list, Twins pitching has been strong of late, helping the club win three straight games and six of their last 10. If they win Sunday, make it four straight wins and a sweep of the San Francisco Giants. Jose... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2017

Jose Berrios has arrived, folks. And he’s the real deal.

Pitcher Jose Berrios improved to 2-0 Thursday after he and two relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout of the Colorado Rockies. But forget the relievers for the moment because the night belonged to Berrios. Berrios, who struggled in his rookie campaign last season, appears to have found a welcome battery mate in Jason Castro. With... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2017

Twins take series from Tribe, but can’t complete sweep

The Twins couldn’t complete the sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, losing 8-3 to end a four-game winning streak. For pitcher Hector Santiago, who did not pitch to Jason Castro (read whatever you want into that), it was his worst start of the year. He lasted only two-plus innings and gave up seven hits,... 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.