Category: Zach Duke

July 15, 2018

You know what the Twins need? A bullpen

If the Twins truly are going to wheel and deal before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, then they might as well start with the bullpen. I say that because of the history-making Saturday the Tampa Bay Rays had after they became the first team in the live ball era (since 1920) to score five... Continue Reading »

July 4, 2018

With losses mounting, Twins are expected to deal at deadline

The Twins lost again on Tuesday. They are now 12 games under .500, 11 games out of first place, 4-15 in one-run games, 1-7 on their current road trip, and if that wasn’t enough, they have nine walk-off losses this season. And now the fire sale is about to begin. MLB.com, citing unnamed sources, says... Continue Reading »

June 20, 2018

Twins chase Red Sox’s Chris Sale, then pounce on Boston bullpen

Despite 11 strikeouts, the Twins hung around long enough to score two runs on Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers in the game, then pounced on the bullpen to take Game 1 of the three-game series, 6-2. And if it’s not Eddie Rosario helping the Twins win, it’s Eduardo Escobar,... Continue Reading »

May 28, 2018

The day Johnny Goryl grounded out on May 22, 1959

Johnny Goryl was a player, base coach and manager for the Twins, but before he was connected to the Twins organization, Goryl played for the Chicago Cubs, according to “The Long Season,” a book by Jim Brosnan, a former reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. My interest in typewriters led me to... Continue Reading »

May 17, 2018

Make room for Lance Lynn — in the bullpen

Starting pitcher Lance Lynn fell to 1-4, his ERA stands at 7.47 and the Twins lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Wednesday. And if Lynn continues to pitch like this, he’ll be sitting next to former starting pitcher Phil Hughes in the bullpen. Lynn again struggled with his command, throwing 82 pitches in... Continue Reading »

May 14, 2018

Twins lose in walk-off fashion for the 6th time this season

The Twins survived Shohei Ohtani, tied the game in the 7th inning and then watched it all slip away in the bottom of the ninth after the Angels’ Zack Cosart hit a walk-off RBI single to beat the Twins, 2-1. The Twins had a chance to take the series from the Halos, but wound up... Continue Reading »

May 13, 2018

Twins aim for series win Sunday

The Twins scored early, and then tacked on two runs late, to top the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3 in 12 innings on Saturday. The Twins have won seven of their last eight games and will now shoot for 8-of-9 Sunday and the series win over the Halos. Frankly, the Twins were lucky to... Continue Reading »

April 24, 2018

Twins vs. Yanks: You know the result

I’m not in the mood to waste a lot of ink on the Evil Empire this week. The Twins fell to 8-9 on Monday and Jake Odorizzi took the loss. He did not pitch well, throwing 106 pitches in four-plus innings. He gave up five earned runs, three walks and two home runs. And it... Continue Reading »

April 22, 2018

Hmm… 15 games into the season and I am underwhelmed by these Twins

On paper, this team makes a lot of sense and looks like a winner. In reality, the 2018 Minnesota Twins are a work in progress. After splitting a two-game series with the Cleveland Indians in Puerto Rico, the team flew to Tampa to take on the lowly Rays, who were 5-13 at the time and... 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.