Category: Willians Astudillo

July 8, 2019

The AL Central lead is 5.5 games, Twins fans

If you told a Twins fan before the start of the season that the team would have 56 wins, a new home run record and lead the American League Central before the all-star break, that fan would be thrilled (and possibly a tad skeptical). All of that and more has happened, making the 2019 season... 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 30, 2019

Twins hit 5 home runs, pound Pale Hose

The Twins team that appeared at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday is the one we’ve all come to know this season. The name of the game isn’t small ball, it’s long ball, meaning the Twins are doing Twins-like things when they are driving the baseball a long way into the seats. And so they did... Continue Reading »

June 29, 2019

Twins suddenly in search of runs as injury list grows

The Twins scored two runs on Thursday and four in their loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The sudden lack of run-scoring production can be attributed to the number of players hurt, including Eddie Rosario, who will now spend 10 days on the injured list. He joins Willians Astudillo, Marwin Gonzalez and Byron... Continue Reading »

June 28, 2019

Bullpen spent, Twins lose to Rays in 18 innings

Twins starter Martin Perez gave the club a quality start on Thursday, but it hardly mattered because the Twins played 11 more innings after he stepped aside in the seventh. Perez exited in a 2-2 tie, then watched as the team used nine relievers, including starter, Kyle Gibson, and lost 5-2 to the Tampa Bay... Continue Reading »

June 26, 2019

Twins get back on track with win over Rays

After the Twins rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals on Friday and Saturday, they appeared to have nothing left in a 6-1 loss to the Royals on Sunday. Starter Michael Pineda had one bad inning and that was the game. But after a day off Monday, the Twins were back home to face the... Continue Reading »

June 22, 2019

This time the Twins rally to beat Royals

For the second game in a row, the Twins served up three runs in the first inning. This time, however, the offense found life and rallied to score five runs late to beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-7. After a punchless loss on Thursday, the Twins scored eight runs on 13 hits, including home runs... Continue Reading »

June 20, 2019

Twins go ‘wild’ against Red Sox, lose

Twins pitching issued 10 walks on Wednesday, including five walks in four-plus innings from starter, Kyle Gibson, and that theme, established early in the game, resulted in a 9-4 loss and a series loss to the Boston Red Sox. Gibson was terrible. He allowed six runs on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts.... Continue Reading »

June 13, 2019

About the Twins bullpen…

When the Twins are knocking the ball around the field or driving it into the seats, they are, as their record shows, one of the best teams in baseball. But when the games are close and the club needs to rely on its relievers to keep them in the game, it’s clear that they have... 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.