July 4, 2018

With losses mounting, Twins are expected to deal at deadline

The Twins lost again on Tuesday. They are now 12 games under .500, 11 games out of first place, 4-15 in one-run games, 1-7 on their current road trip, and if that wasn’t enough, they have nine walk-off losses this season.

And now the fire sale is about to begin.

MLB.com, citing unnamed sources, says the Twins are open to trading pending free agents and shortstop Eduardo Escobar, pitcher Lance Lynn, second baseman Brian Dozier and reliever Zach Duke. Another source says the Twins are “open to discussing nearly every player on the roster.”

Wow. But that’s what happens when you raise the bar of expectations (the Twins made the playoffs last season) and then fail to meet them.Yes, the Twins have been hurt by injuries, but they’ve also been inconsistent on the mound and at the plate all season.

Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers is a good example. After scoring 25 runs against the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, the bats have largely fallen silent again. Twins pitching struck out 16 batters on Tuesday, but it doesn’t matter when your offense generates two measly hits.

Jose Berrios gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings..

-How did the Twins get 16 strikeouts? Starter Jake Odorizzi had nine, reliever Ryan Pressly struck out the side, and reliever Gabriel Moya struck out four in two innings.

-The Twins also made history Tuesday after Joe Mauer, who played first base, did not record a putout or assist. Mauer is the first MLB first baseman to go unused since Edwin Encarnacion for the Blue Jays in Baltimore on Aug. 25, 2012, according to MLB.com.

-Who had the two hits on Tuesday? Eddie Rosario (no surprise) and Jorge Polanco, who just rejoined the team after serving an 80-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs.

 

July 2, 2018

Amid Sunday’s disaster, some hope

The Twins were swept by the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, punctuated by an 11-10 loss that wouldn’t have been close at all if not for a late-in-the-game rally by the Twins. The Cubs scored 35 runs on 46 hits in the three games, which says all you need to know about the quality of Twins... Continue Reading »

July 1, 2018

Twins score 9 runs on 11 hits and lose

For a change of pace, the Twins found some offense on Saturday in their game against the Chicago Cubs. The only problem is that the Cubs did, too, after they scored 14 runs on 20 hits in a 14-9 win over the Twins. The Twins will now try to stave off the sweep on Sunday.... Continue Reading »

June 29, 2018

The day 2 teams nearly failed to win a baseball game

When one thinks of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, power, pitching and tradition come to mind. When one thinks of the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox… well, loyal fans might be questioning what exactly the two teams stand for after they practically outdid each other not to win on Thursday. In... Continue Reading »

June 28, 2018

Twins drop series to South Siders (so much for predictions)

My crystal ball must have a crack in it because after predicting that the Twins had a shot to go 12-4 over the next 16 games due to some relatively weak competition (the White Sox, Orioles and Royals), the Twins lost Tuesday and Wednesday to lose the series against the Pale Hose. Wednesday’s loss was... Continue Reading »

June 25, 2018

Jose Berrios stops the bleeding at 3 games

The three-game losing streak is over after Jose Berrios, the Twins’ best pitcher, delivered a gem of a start, striking out 12 in seven innings to beat the Texas Rangers, 2-0. The 12 strikeouts set a new personal high for Berrios and he improved to 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA. Twins pitching was atrocious during... Continue Reading »

June 23, 2018

The first designated hitter to hit a home run? The Twins’ Tony Oliva

I experienced a moment of serendipity Friday at the local thrift store, of all places. I was perusing used books when I came across the following: “Baseball: A doubleheader collection of facts, feats and firsts,” which was compiled by editors of The Sporting News and published in 1993. The book fell open to a bookmarked... Continue Reading »

June 21, 2018

First the Twins beat Chris Sale, then David Price

The Twins beat Chris Sale on Tuesday and David Price on Wednesday, and now will go for the sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The Twins will face Red Sox starter Rick Porcello and there’s a good chance they beat him, too. In his career, Porcello is 10-10 against the Twins with a... Continue Reading »

June 20, 2018

Twins chase Red Sox’s Chris Sale, then pounce on Boston bullpen

Despite 11 strikeouts, the Twins hung around long enough to score two runs on Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers in the game, then pounced on the bullpen to take Game 1 of the three-game series, 6-2. And if it’s not Eddie Rosario helping the Twins win, it’s Eduardo Escobar,... 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.