June 1, 2017

Well… that was ugly

The Houston Astros can’t leave town fast enough after the Twins got lit up like Dresden in February 1945. The Astros laid waste to Twins pitching by scoring 40 runs over three games (a new franchise record), including 16 runs on Monday and 17 more on Wednesday. In both contests, the bullpen got shelled. In Monday’s game, they gave up 11 runs in the eighth inning, followed by 13 more late in the game on Wednesday.

The Twins now head to Los Angeles to lick their wounds and to hopefully get back on track against the Angels. If their road record is any indication, the Twins should be fine. They are a surprising 14-5 on the road and now face sub-.500 clubs in the Angels, Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants.

The question is whether the Twins can sustain their winning ways on the road because they don’t appear to have an advantage at Target Field. At home, the Twins are an American League-worst 12-18. Why? I’m not really sure. Is it still too cold in Minnesota? Is Target Field too big? Is there not enough fan support? Or is it still too early to say that the Twins can’t win at home? For the moment they can’t, but that’s bound to change.

Extra innings…

-The Game 2 loss versus the Astros went to Jose Berrios, who fell to 3-1. Berrios wasn’t terrible, but he also wasn’t sharp, throwing more than 100 pitches in five innings with four walks.

-Starting pitching suddenly doesn’t look so good outside of Ervin Santana. Kyle Gibson continues to be Kyle Gibson, while Hector Santiago got roughed up on Wednesday. Adalberto Mejia gets the ball on Thursday versus the Angels.

-Surrendering 40 runs over three games won’t do wonders for your bullpen, which explains why the Twins have the worst bullpen ERA in the majors, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

-The result has been a bullpen shakeup. Jason Wheeler has been designated for assignment and Ryan Pressly was sent to Triple-A Rochester, while Randy Rosario and Alex Wimmers have been called up.

-Despite the four-game losing streak, the Twins remain atop the AL Central at 26-23.

 

May 29, 2017

Twins fall short in epic rubber match with Rays

The Twins and Tampa Bay Rays squared off for the longest game in Target Field history on Sunday, a six-and-a-half-hour contest that the Twins finally lost 8-6 in 15 innings. The Twins lost two of three games to the Rays to fall to 26-20 on the season, but they’re still atop the American League Central... Continue Reading »

May 25, 2017

Backed by Berrios, Twins sweep Baltimore

Jose Berrios won his third straight start and the Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. Berrios wasn’t as dominant as his last start, but he still gave the Twins six-plus innings and struck out seven to win, 4-3. Perhaps even more important, Berrios, pitching to backup catcher Chris Gimenez, showed... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2017

It’s over, Kyle Gibson. It’s over.

Kyle Gibson won his first start of the year on Monday, but it wasn’t because of anything he did. Instead, the Twins had his back and powered a 21-hit attack to come from behind and beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-7. Gibson, recently recalled from Triple-A Rochester, lasted five innings and gave up six runs, all... Continue Reading »

May 22, 2017

It’s time to talk about Phil Hughes

Despite the Twins taking two of three games from the Kansas City Royals, sandwiched between those two games was another sub-par outing from Phil Hughes, who gave up six hits, including three home runs, over four innings. The Twins lost 6-4 to the Royals on Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Hughes, meanwhile, after... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2017

Jose Berrios has arrived, folks. And he’s the real deal.

Pitcher Jose Berrios improved to 2-0 Thursday after he and two relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout of the Colorado Rockies. But forget the relievers for the moment because the night belonged to Berrios. Berrios, who struggled in his rookie campaign last season, appears to have found a welcome battery mate in Jason Castro. With... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2017

Twins take series from Tribe, but can’t complete sweep

The Twins couldn’t complete the sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, losing 8-3 to end a four-game winning streak. For pitcher Hector Santiago, who did not pitch to Jason Castro (read whatever you want into that), it was his worst start of the year. He lasted only two-plus innings and gave up seven hits,... Continue Reading »

May 14, 2017

Twins put Red Sox debacle behind ’em, win 4 straight to regain AL Central lead

After the run-surrendering extravaganza against the Boston Red Sox last week, in which the Twins gave up 28 runs in two games, the club has come right back to win four straight, including two wins over the Cleveland Indians, the defending American League champions. And to top it off pitcher Jose Berrios, recalled from Triple-A... Continue Reading »

May 8, 2017

Twins’ bullpen is terrible in finale versus Red Sox

It was a weekend of hits and runs for the Boston Red Sox versus the Twins. After the 11-1 victory on Saturday, the Red Sox came right back on Sunday and once again scored early and often. They scored three times in the top of the first and four times between the fifth and eighth... 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.