Category: Opener

September 28, 2018

Twins’ Astudillo strikes out for first time in a month

Internet sensation and stat geek favorite, Willians Astudillo, who has established that he hits and only hits, struck out Thursday in the Twins’ 9-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers. What’s so remarkable about that? It was his first strikeout in a month and only his third in 26 games, according to MLB.com. Meanwhile, Astudillo and... Continue Reading »

September 27, 2018

What I really want to talk about is the ‘opener’

Never mind that the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday — which is all fine and well, of course — because I’m more interested in the experiment that keeps on giving. Once again I’m talking about the “opener,” in which a reliever starts a game to tee up the primary pitcher for an effecting... Continue Reading »

September 25, 2018

Kyle Gibson and the fire next time

Before the 2018 season began, Kyle Gibson went to salary arbitration against his employer, the Twins, and lost, settling for $4.2 million for this season after seeking $4.55 million. I imagine he sought that higher amount based on his second-half performance in 2017, which saw him finally shake off his inconsistent ways and win more... Continue Reading »

September 22, 2018

Twins lose in walk-off fashion for 14th time this season

What will we remember about the 2018 Minnesota Twins? The walk-off loss. The four-game winning streak came to an end Friday night in Oakland after the Twins dropped another close game in an all too familiar fashion. The A’s took the early lead, the Twins rallied for six runs in the sixth inning, and then... Continue Reading »

September 20, 2018

Hey, this ‘opener’ thing has got legs, Twins fans

The “opener” appears to have a future in Minnesota. Once again a reliever started the game for the Twins, followed by a rookie primary pitcher who took advantage of the moment and won his first major league baseball game. That was the case Wednesday when reliever Gabriel Moya did his thing and so did primary... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2018

‘Opener’ format suits Twins’ Stewart

The Twins’ rotation consists of traditional starting pitchers Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi. After that, things get interesting. This month the Twins, following in the footsteps of the Tampa Bay Rays, began using the “opener” format, in which a reliever starts the game to tee up the primary pitcher for a more effective... Continue Reading »

September 15, 2018

Get this: Twins can beat Yanks, but not the 96-loss Kansas City Royals

The past four games have been a microcosm of the Twins’ entire season. Inconsistent hitting, pitching and defense have plagued the team since April, and once again they were good enough to take two of three games from the New York Yankees, but not good enough to beat the Kansas City Royals, a team on... Continue Reading »

September 12, 2018

Take that, New York Yankees

The Twins snapped an eight-game losing streak to the New York Yankees on Tuesday by giving the Bronx Bombers a taste of their own medicine. Instead of the Yanks piling on, the Twins scored 10 runs on 13 hits, including a six-run fifth inning that was punctuated by a Joe Mauer grand slam. How sweet... Continue Reading »

September 5, 2018

Twins’ ‘opener’ produces mixed results in loss to Houston

Reliever Trevor May got the ball on Tuesday and he quickly coughed up four runs on five hits after facing eight batters. His job was done and it appeared the Twins were fast on their way to another disastrous “opener,” similar to the 18-4 beatdown they suffered at the hands of the Texas Rangers on... 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.