September 27, 2021

Twins split series with Toronto after clutch hitting disappears

The Twins had to settle with a four-game split in their series against the Toronto Blue Jays. After wins Thursday and Friday, the Twins lost 6-1 on Saturday and 5-2 on Sunday.

Contributing to the two losses was a serious lack of situational hitting. Over the weekend, the Twins went 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 16 men on base. I’m getting awfully tired of watching Miguel Sano come to the plate with runners on base and not produce — even worse is when he stands there and watches a called third strike. There’s just been too much of that this season.

Joe Ryan and Bailey Ober are pitchers to get excited about, but I’m increasingly less thrilled about Griffin Jax and his tendency to serve up the long ball. He did it again twice on Sunday and has now allowed 23 home runs in 77 innings pitched, or 2.69 home runs per nine innings.

Extra innings…

-The end of the season is here. The Twins have six more games: Three at home against the Detroit Tigers, who have an outside chance at ending the year at .500, and three more at Kansas City before the 2021 season is in the books.

-The Minnesota Vikings won their home opener on Sunday and yet 20,000 fans still showed up to watch the Twins at Target Field. Not bad for a team that is 69-87.

-Although the Twins lost Saturday and Sunday, the one bright spot from the weekend was the pitching of Twins reliever Jovani Moran on Saturday. Moran pitched two shutout innings with four strikeouts on 19 pitches — 15 of them thrown for strikes.

-The St. Louis Browns lost 7-4 on Sunday to the Texas Rangers. They are now 50-106.

-TV play-by-play man Dick Bremer shared an interesting anecdote on Sunday about former major league player/manager Don Zimmer, whose final major league at bat came against the Twins. On Sept. 26, 1965, the same day the Twins clinched the American League pennant, pitcher Jim Kaat and the rest of the Twins edged the Washington Senators before only 8,300 fans at D.C. Stadium, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Kaat went the distance, allowing one run (unearned) on eight hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. No. 10 was Zimmer. The Senators scored first, but the Twins’ Zoilo Versalles countered with a triple in the sixth inning and scored on a passed ball. Versalles followed that with a sacrifice fly in the eighth and the Twins won 2-1.

September 25, 2021

How do you like the Twins now, Canada?

The spoiler tour rolled on Friday after the Twins topped the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1, knocking the Jays two games back in the AL wild card race. The Jays now find themselves tied with the Seattle Mariners for that second wild card spot. Not only did the Twins best the Jays for the second night... Continue Reading »

September 24, 2021

Twins play spoiler, beat Blue Jays in Game 1 of weekend series

Advantage: Minnesota. Not only because the Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Thursday, knocking the Jays a game back in the AL wild card race, but also because the Twins appear to have clearly come out ahead in their deal to get pitcher Joe Ryan in exchange for slugger Nelson Cuz. Yes, there’s... Continue Reading »

September 22, 2021

Twins finally score some runs in win over Chicago

For only the second time this month, the Twins scored nine or more runs against their opponent. They beat the Kansas City Royals, 9-2, on Sept. 11 and on Tuesday they banged out 16 hits, including three extra-base hits, to knock off the Chicago Cubs 9-5. The Twins scored first, then fell behind and then... Continue Reading »

September 20, 2021

Jays chase Twins’ Farrell, back Berrios with 5 runs in win

Sunday’s rubber match against the Toronto Blue Jays ended almost as quickly as it began. Reliever Luke Farrell got the nod for the Twins and his one inning of work went like this: strikeout, double, single, home run, single, single, single, single and his day was done. He allowed five runs on seven straight hits,... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2021

Twins split 2 games with Blue Jays, face Berrios Sunday

The Twins looked pretty good on Friday, hitting back to back to back home runs to knock off the Toronto Blue Jays, one of the hottest teams in baseball, 7-3. But it’s hard to keep the Blue Jays down because they also have the best offense in baseball, and they showed why on Saturday, going... Continue Reading »

September 15, 2021

Tuesday was almost worse than Monday for the Twins

After the Twins lost again to the New York Yankees on Monday, the team flew home to play a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians at Target Field. On the mound for Minnesota? The talk of the state, Joe Ryan, the big-time pitching prospect acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays, who pitched well in his Twins... Continue Reading »

September 14, 2021

It was all so predictable…

As the Twins unraveled against the New York Yankees on Monday, I couldn’t help but check in on social media to see how Twins Territory was holding up, and, of course, it was going very, very badly for Twins fans who seemed to know that the Twins would lose. Yes, this is what life has... Continue Reading »

September 13, 2021

Twins drop series to Royals, get Kryptonite Monday

After losing two of three games to the Kansas City Royals, including 5-3 on Sunday, the Twins now head to The Bronx to play a makeup game against the Yankees on Monday. It sure would be nice to see the Twins win, but that seems unlikely because (a) it’s the New York Yankees and (b)... 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.