May 9, 2018

The kids are alright

A week ago, I thought the Twins’ season was slipping away. The team finished April at 8-14, the injuries started to pile up and nobody was hitting or pitching, including the bullpen, particularly well. As that win-loss record became more lopsided, I couldn’t help but think of 2016 and how that season quickly got away from the Twins.

Yet the Twins turned things around in 2017 and made the playoffs after losing 103 games the season before. Then Falvey & Co. worked hard to strengthen the team during the offseason, all of which created high expectations for the 2018 Minnesota Twins.

High expectations, combined with an unexpected losing streak, produced a panic. I’m happy to report that panic has subsided because the Twins swept the two-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals and have now won five in a row.

Jake Odorizzi and three relievers, combined to two-hit the Cardinals on Tuesday. Odorizzi gave up a solo shot in the first, then settled down for the next four innings. The club backed him with 10 hits, including four hits from Eduardo Escobar and Eddie Rosario, the two players who have carried the Twins during this win streak.

Tuesday’s win, combined with a Cleveland loss, leaves the Twins a half-game behind the Tribe for the American League Central lead. What a difference a week will make.

Jose Berrios gets the ball Thursday versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Extra innings…

-Berrios has struggled of late, but what if Fernando Romero’s success has set a new tone for the pitching staff? After Romero dominated the Cardinals on Monday, Odorizzi appeared to follow suit with five strong innings of his own on Tuesday. It would be great if some of that success rubbed off on Berrios, too.

-After the four-game series with the Angels, the Twins come home to play a make up game against the Seattle Mariners, followed by two against the Cardinals, three against the Milwaukee Brewers and then Ron Gardenhire’s Detroit Tigers come to town for a three-game set.

May 8, 2018

Twins win 4th straight after Romero silences Cards

Twins rookie Fernando Romero, who made an impressive major league debut last week, took it a step further Monday after he silenced 40,000 fans at Busch Stadium by striking out nine over six innings. The team backed him with 11 hits and the Twins cruised to a 6-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. First... Continue Reading »

May 6, 2018

Twins’ Lynn earns his first win, but battery mate Castro is headed to DL

Starter Lance Lynn won his first game, Eddie Rosario drove in five runs and the Twins cruised to an 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. The Twins won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month. And yet just when things are looking up, catcher Jason Castro is now headed... Continue Reading »

May 4, 2018

You can’t make this stuff up: Twins lose again to walk-off home run

The 2018 Minnesota Twins should pass on playing the ponies, avoid late-night poker games and postpone any planned trips to Las Vegas because Lady Luck and this team are not on the same page. And that total lack of luck was on display again Thursday night in Game 1 of a four-game series with the... Continue Reading »

May 3, 2018

The day a rookie saved the Twins

Desperately needing a win, the Twins turned to pitcher Fernando Romero on Wednesday and he didn’t disappoint after he struck out five in five-plus innings in his major league debut. Fernando Romero's first big league pitch is a strike at 94.7 mph. — Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) May 2, 2018 Romero set the tone, the bullpen... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2018

Twins will start top-ranked prospect Fernando Romero on Wednesday

The Twins announced Monday they will call up pitcher Fernando Romero to face the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Romero is the No. 2 prospect in the Twins organization, according to MLB.com. MLB.com also reports that Romero struck out 20 batters in 21 innings and had a 2.57 ERA at Triple-A Rochester. To make room... Continue Reading »

April 30, 2018

The Twins are in trouble, folks

No pitching and no hitting is a fatal combination in the game of baseball, but once again that’s what the Twins were faced with Sunday after they lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 8-2. Jose Berrios couldn’t get past the third inning and the Twins couldn’t get a run on the board until the sixth. In... Continue Reading »

April 29, 2018

Twins snap 8-game losing streak, but don’t lower the red flag just yet

The Twins finally are in the win column again after they beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Saturday. The win ends a brutal eight-game stretch in which the team was swept by the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. GAME: Twins 3, Reds 1. Odorizzi goes six. Duke, Reed, Rodney do their jobs. Losing... Continue Reading »

April 27, 2018

Somebody needs to apologize to Twins pitcher, Kyle Gibson

The Twins were swept by the New York Yankees, the losing streak stands at seven games and Thursday’s loss was made all the more painful because Kyle Gibson pitched the game of his life and yet the Twins still lost in heart-breaking fashion. For six innings, Gibson one-hit the Yankees and struck out 10 batters,... 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.