Category: Tyler Duffey

June 1, 2020

Even in the virtual world the Twins can’t beat the Yankees? Really?

I find simulated baseball to be a lousy substitution for the real thing. And though I’ve tried to ignore it, I have peeked at what Baseball-Reference.com has done by using a program called Out of the Park Baseball 21 to simulate the 2020 season. It’s hard to miss because the data can be found almost... Continue Reading »

March 9, 2020

Twins veterans appear to get warmer with the weather

On a 75-degree Sunday, Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda turned in his best pitching performance of the spring, hurling four scoreless innings of two-hit baseball with no walks. He also struck out six of the 13 Boston batters he faced, in what would eventually be a 7-6, Red Sox win. Perhaps not lost on any... Continue Reading »

January 13, 2020

The curious case of the Twins’ Jose Berrios

Jose Berrios, the talented but not quite elite pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, appears set to have his salary demands go before an arbitrator, according to various reports. La MaKina 🇵🇷 #2020 #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/kR6gkQtot1 — Jose O. Berrios (@JOLaMaKina) December 18, 2019 There’s still time for the Twins and Berrios to work out a deal... Continue Reading »

September 23, 2019

Twins win… I think

There was plenty to celebrate in the Twins’ 12-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Slugger Nelson Cruz hit the 400th home run of his career, Tyler Duffey and Brusdar Graterol, pitched well in relief and the win reduced the Twins’ magic number to three.   #MNTwins magic number: 3 pic.twitter.com/WHqOKHezTZ — Aaron Gleeman... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2019

Twins win. Now, about those next 12 games…

The Twins are playing extremely well. They are 33 games over .500 after coming from behind to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Monday, they are 8-2 in their last 10 games and they have a comfortable lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians. And that lead will either be 5.5 games or 6.5 games, depending... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2019

Twins stay hot on the road with win over terrible Tigers

Life on the road continues to be good for the Minnesota Twins. After a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Twins were back in Motown on Friday where they unloaded on the hapless Detroit Tigers to win 13-5 on 14 hits. C.J. Cron and Max Kepler accounted for four... Continue Reading »

July 24, 2019

Twins fall short to Yankees after epic, extra-innings slugfest

Tuesday’s Twins/Yankees game featured 35 hits and 26 runs, but when it was all over the Twins came up just short to the Yanks, losing 14-12 in 10 innings, despite loading the bases in the bottom of the 10th. In the bottom half of the inning, Max Kepler came to the plate and hit a... Continue Reading »

July 7, 2019

Twins’ Taylor Rogers is an all-star. Or at least he should be.

The best pitcher on the Twins staff is not the rising star Jose Berrios or the resurgent Jake Odorizzi, it’s Taylor Rogers, the left-handed reliever who throws in the mid-90s and leads the team with a 1.82 ERA. The Twins do not have a dedicated closer. Instead, Falvey & Co., ever since they traded Fernando... Continue Reading »

June 19, 2019

Twins get walk-off win over Red Sox in 17th inning

The Twins’ Max Kepler played hero on Tuesday and again early Wednesday morning. He hit a game-tying blast in the 13th inning and then singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 17th to beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3. It was the Twins’ first walk-off win of the season. The win also... 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.