Category: Kyle Gibson

June 15, 2019

Battery mates win it for the Twins

Nearly every Twins player has made a significant contribution to the great season the club has had so far. But on Friday, they needed only two: Kyle Gibson and Mitch Garver. Gibson pitched eight scoreless innings and catcher Garver hit a two-run home run and that was enough for the Twins to beat the lowly... Continue Reading »

June 9, 2019

It’s the bullpen, stupid

Starter Kyle Gibson fell to 6-3 on Saturday after Gardy’s guys, the Detroit Tigers, knocked off the Twins 9-3. Although Gibson was credited with the loss, it was reliever Matt Magill’s performance that once again has me concerned about the Twins bullpen. What’s there to be concerned about? I hear you ask. After all the... Continue Reading »

June 2, 2019

Twins go for series win after blowout Game 1 loss to Rays

Forget Thursday’s blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Rays because the Twins won Friday and Saturday and now seek the series win on Sunday. How about this alignment? Gonzalez just hits it over everyone’s head for an RBI double. pic.twitter.com/j7p4dB2S6y — LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) June 1, 2019 The Twins fell behind early on... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2019

Twins avoid 3-game losing streak, beat Angels 4-3

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli wanted this one. Baldelli went deep on the Twins bullpen, Mitch Garver hit his ninth home run and Byron Buxton threw out Shohei Ohtani at home plate to preserve the 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday. The Twins took a 4-0 lead, getting run-scoring hits from... Continue Reading »

May 10, 2019

Ron Gardenhire and the return of the Detroit Tigers

Manager Ron Gardenhire and the Detroit Tigers return to Target Field Friday night, and I can’t help but think that Gardy, looking up at the red-hot Twins in the AL Central, is wondering what might have been. Instead of managing the Tigers, Gardy could still be with the Twins, a team he led for 13... Continue Reading »

May 4, 2019

It’s the damn Yankees. Again.

Leave it to the New York Yankees to remind Twins fans around the world (OK, maybe) that although the team is off to one of its best starts in years, it’s still not quite good enough to beat the Bronx Bombers. It wasn’t a blowout win for the Yanks, but they scored early and often... Continue Reading »

May 2, 2019

Confirmed: Good pitching matters

The Twins and Houston Astros have two of the best offenses in the American League. The Astros have scored the fifth-most runs in the league and the Twins are right behind them at No. 6, according to Baseball-Reference.com. But look what good pitching can do to two teams that can hit, hit with power and... Continue Reading »

April 17, 2019

The first losing streak of the season is here

The Twins have their first losing streak of the season after they dropped the first two of four games with the Toronto Blue Jays. Why do the Twins keep scheduling AL East teams? Best Record by AL Visitors at Target Field.677 — Yankees (21-10).667 — Blue Jays (22-11).667 — Rays (22-11).556 — Red Sox (15-12).553... Continue Reading »

April 10, 2019

Twins crush deGrom, Mets

The Twins ended two pitching streaks in a hurry Tuesday night. New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom came into Tuesday’s game with a scoreless inning and quality start streak, but both were gone in a flash after the Twins hit six home runs en route to a blowout win. When it was all over, the... Continue Reading »

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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.