February 3, 2020

Don’t make me cry, MLB.com

Like most Twins fans, I’ve been enjoying the warm afterglow of the Josh Donaldson signing these past couple of weeks. Who’s he? He’s the former slugging third baseman of the Atlanta Braves, and a longtime Twins-killer, who agreed to join the Twins on a four-year deal worth $92 million. Donaldson likely brings another 30-home run season to the Twins, as well as one of the best gloves in the game to the hot corner.

But that warm afterglow turned cold after poking around on the internet one day. I came across an MLB.com story which projected the opening day rotations of every team in baseball. Fine, I said, let me scroll through the list to see how they peg the Twins rotation for the 2020 season.

MLB.com decided to start with the American League East, which means I first had to see the projection for the New York Yankees, otherwise known as Twins’ krpytonite. The projected rotation is Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Luis Severino and J.A. Happ. That’s a formidable group, made even more amazing by the fact that Severino, a former 19-game winner, is viewed as the fourth man in that rotation. Yikes.

I finally got to the Twins’ projected rotation and my heart sank. The Twins, according to MLB.com, expect to enter the 2020 season with Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Homer Bailey, Randy Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe. When it comes to hitting and hitting with power, the Twins can keep pace with any team in baseball. But that rotation matched alongside the Yankees rotation, reminded me that there’s still work to be done to beat the Bombers in the playoffs. Will that rotation beat the Yankees? The answer is still no.

(I was more hopeful about the Twins in my previous post on Jan. 20, but now I’m not so sure).

As I’ve said before, the Twins have nothing left to prove except to beat the Yankees in the postseason. The Twins can win the division, and likely will, but I still think they need that shut down starter for the postseason. Will Michael Pineda or Rich Hill fill that role?

Extra innings..

-If the Twins can’t trade for a starter, they can still find arms on the cheap, including Jhoulys Chacin, who has agreed to a minor league deal with the Twins for $1.6 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

But, as MLB Trade Rumors says, “there’s no way around the fact that Chacin ranked as one of the worst baseball starters last year.”

So, the Twins will be hoping to recapture Chacin’s 2018 form, a year in which he won 15 games with a 3.50 ERA and pitched nearly 200 innings.

January 20, 2020

Does Donaldson, plus Hill, plus Bailey, plus Clippard, equal a playoff win over the Yankees?

The Twins missed out on the top free agent pitchers this winter — and I’m still puzzled that the Toronto Blue Jays snagged Hyun-Jin Ryu — but the slugging, Twins-killing third baseman known as Josh Donaldson was still available, and after reports the club was “pessimistic” about landing the “bringer of rain,” the team finally... 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 »

January 6, 2020

What do pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill bring to the Twins? Well…

Like most of Twins Territory, I’m feeling underwhelmed after the Twins added starting pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill. Bailey, in particular, doesn’t move the needle very much, and is already being compared to former Twins pitcher Martin Perez. Perez showed up last season with some lackluster numbers as well, but after working with innovative... Continue Reading »

December 31, 2019

The day Koufax no-hit the Phillies and the Twins lost to the Yankees (of course)

It was another day spent in these United States of America and another day spent on social media (sigh) when I came across a most enjoyable tweet: Artist Graig Kreindler had tweeted an image of one of his paintings. My painting of Sandy Koufax (born #OTD in 1935) about to finish his 3rd career no-no.... Continue Reading »

December 25, 2019

Tigers, White Sox take steps to get better… and the Twins?

There’s activity afoot in the American League Central and it’s not being generated by the Minnesota Twins. Oh, the Twins have cast a few pebbles into the pond, but nothing that’s caused anything beyond a ripple. In Detroit and Chicago, both teams appear ready to ride a slow, but growing wave of potential success. For... Continue Reading »

December 16, 2019

Will Josh Donaldson play for the Twins?

Slugging third baseman Josh Donaldson, who helped power the Atlanta Braves to an NL East title last season, has apparently drawn interest from the Twins. This makes sense because the Twins said goodbye to first baseman, C.J. Cron, which likely means that Miguel Sano moves to first base, creating an opening at the hot corner.... Continue Reading »

December 9, 2019

Welcome back… Michael Pineda?

The Twins, according to various reports, apparently have agreed to bring back starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, on a two-year, $20 million deal. He pitched well for the club in 2019 — especially down the stretch — but he also was suspended for using a diuretic (water pill) banned by major league baseball. #BREAKING sources tell... Continue Reading »

December 2, 2019

We hardly knew ye, Kyle Gibson

Kyle Gibson, the longest tenured member of the Twins, is no longer that after reportedly agreeing to a free agent deal with the Texas Rangers for $30 million over three years. Not bad for a guy with a career earned run average of 4.52. Should the Twins have tried to work out their own multiyear... 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.