July 25, 2017

Was that it for Bartolo Colon and the Twins?

Bartolo Colon’s second appearance for the Twins looked a lot like his first outing. He gave the Twins a few innings, surrendered eight hits, including two home runs, but didn’t walk anyone and struck out two. This time, however, he didn’t figure in Monday’s decision.

But reliever Taylor Rogers did after he served up a three-run home run to All-Star Cody Belllinger, his 28th, and the Twins lost 6-4 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The reason Colon’s job might be in jeopardy, or Kyle Gibson’s, is that Falvey & Co. traded a prospect on Monday in exchange for veteran left-handed starter Jaime Garcia of the Atlanta Braves. Garcia had spent his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals until he joined the Braves this season. He is 66-52 in his career, including two 13-win seasons, and has a career ERA of 3.65.

This season with the Braves he was 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA, but also has 10 quality starts. The Twins’ rotation now looks something like this: Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios, Jaime Garcia and Adalberto Mejia, with a decision to be made about who gets that fifth spot. Will it be Colon or Gibson?

Gibson had his best start of the season Saturday after he pitched deep into that game for a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Otherwise, Gibson has struggled at 6-8 with an ERA of 6.08.

Extra innings…

-In addition to Garcia, the Twins also received catcher Anthony Rucker in exchange for pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa, 19. Ynoa posted a 5.26 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 14 walks in 25 2/3 innings with Rookie-level Elizabethton, according to MLB.com.

-Outfielder Eddie Rosario did all he could to help the Twins win on Monday by hitting two doubles and a home run, but it wasn’t enough.

July 24, 2017

Twins have no answer for Tigers

The Twins are in the thick of a difficult series of baseball games, but after playing relatively well against the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, I viewed the series against Detroit as an oasis — a chance for the team to secure a couple of wins before they head off to play the Los... Continue Reading »

July 20, 2017

How ’bout those Twins!

Pitcher Jose Berrios stepped up like a boss and the Twins scored six runs in the second inning to knock off the New York Yankees, 6-1, on Wednesday. It was the Twins’ first series win over the Yankees in Minnesota since 2008, according to MLB.com. I predicted the Twins would go 0-6 (have a little... Continue Reading »

July 19, 2017

We didn’t really expect Bartolo Colon to win, did we?

The not-so-ageless Bartolo Colon was effective early in Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees, but ultimately fell to 2-9 after he surrendered four runs in four innings. The Twins eventually lost 6-3 to even the series at 1-1 after the Twins beat the Yanks 4-2 on Monday. So where does Colon go from here?... Continue Reading »

July 17, 2017

How did I not hear this before? Bartolo Colon signs with Twins

Forty-four year old Bartolo Colon, who apparently was signed to a minor league deal by the Twins on July 7, is set to face the New York Yankees on Tuesday. The Twins need pitching help, but Colon? If it was a slightly younger Colon, I’d be more supportive of this deal. I know his career... Continue Reading »

July 15, 2017

This isn’t going to be easy — as expected

The Houston Astros made quick work of the Twins on Friday after they scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning en route to a 10-5 victory. In four games this season, the Astros have now scored 50 runs against Twins pitching. How dominant are the Astros? They had 60 wins at the... Continue Reading »

July 10, 2017

Get your beauty rest, Minnesota Twins. You’re going to need it

The Twins on Sunday finished their 7-game home stand at 4-3. That’s not terrible, but it’s far from the cushion they need to withstand the start of the second half of the season. That’s when they will face the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers. They are a combined 204-147... Continue Reading »

July 6, 2017

Twins take series, but can’t complete sweep of Angels

The Twins fell short of completing the 3-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after they lost 2-1 at home Wednesday night. The loss dropped them to third place in the American League Central. The Twins are now a game behind the Kansas City Royals, while the Royals are a half-game behind the... Continue Reading »

July 3, 2017

Now, the Twins will have to win at home

The Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals put a dent in the Twins’ road prowess, winning six of eight games. The Twins are now a game above .500 and tied for second place with the Royals in the American League Central, three games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Twins have played well on the... Continue Reading »

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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.