August 29, 2016

On to Cleveland: Will the Twins win there?

As predicted, Kyle Gibson and the Twins couldn’t beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, so the losing streak now stands at 10 games. It’s the longest losing streak of the season, and they’ll now have to try to end it in Cleveland with Hector Santiago on Monday. I’m not hopeful.

Sunday’s 9-6 loss was less about how the Twins played and more about how Josh Donaldson played. The defending American League MVP hit three home runs on Sunday, giving him 33 on the season to go along with 91 RBIs. In other words, he’s in contention for AL MVP this year as well. In three games, the Blue Jays hit nine home runs.

And yet the Twins scored six runs on Sunday, seven on Saturday and eight on Friday. With decent pitching, those are all wins; with lousy pitching, you have a 10-game losing streak. As of Sunday, the Twins’ team ERA was 5.12, which is dead last in the AL and second from the bottom in all of baseball.

Extra innings…

-Starter Ervin Santana has cleared major league trade waivers, according to a report in the Pioneer Press, which means Santana can be traded to any club the remainder of the season. Catcher Kurt Suzuki also cleared waivers this month.

-The Twins are 8-5 against the Indians this season, so if the losing streak is going to end it likely happens versus the Tribe. The Twins have a losing record against every team in the AL, except for Cleveland, Seattle (3-0), Texas (5-2) and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4-2).

 

August 28, 2016

Losing streak stands at 9 games after Blue Jays rally to top Twins

The Twins handed starter Ervin Santana a 5-0 lead on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Blue Jays chipped away all game to finally take the lead and preserve the 8-7 win. For the Twins, it was the team’s ninth straight loss, tying the longest losing streak of the season. In case you’ve... Continue Reading »

August 27, 2016

Twins pounded by Blue Jays to extend losing streak to 8 games

On three occasions, I’ve written about moments in the season when it appeared the Twins might fall trap to an extended losing streak. And in two of those cases, I’m happy to say my dire predictions did not come true. But not this time. After the Twins were swept at the hands of the Kansas... Continue Reading »

August 25, 2016

Pitching? What pitching? Twins lose to Tigers — again

What’s left to say? Twins pitching is terrible and it showed again Wednesday after Tyler Duffey gave up seven hits and six runs, all earned, in three-plus innings of work. Duffey might lead the team with eight wins, but now he also leads the team with 10 losses. He exited the game with an ERA... Continue Reading »

August 24, 2016

Losing streak grows to 5 games after Twins drop opener to Tigers

The Twins endured a self-inflicted loss on Tuesday with too many walks, too many wild pitches and too many home runs. The result was an 8-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers and a losing streak that stands at five games. Starter Kyle Gibson got hung with the loss and fell to 5-8. He had command... Continue Reading »

August 22, 2016

Now the Twins’ season could get really ugly, part 3

The Twins were swept on the road by the Kansas City Royals and now they come home to face the Detroit Tigers for three games, before hitting the road to play the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. All of this could go very badly for the Twins. It was the Royals' first four-game... Continue Reading »

August 20, 2016

Twins’ Kyle Gibson wins, beats Atlanta Braves — so what?

Starter Kyle Gibson beat the Atlanta Braves the other night, making it two wins over the Braves to even the season series with the club. Gibson also threw his first career 9-inning complete game to win 10-3. That’s great, Kyle. Good job. Nice work. Atta boy. Way to go. Now, can you go out and... Continue Reading »

August 17, 2016

Tweet stirs reporter to call former Twin Nick Punto

The Twins on Tuesday got their first win over the Atlanta Braves this season, getting another quality start out of Ervin Santana, who scattered four hits over seven innings and didn’t allow a run in a 4-2 victory. He also walked two, struck out six and lowered his ERA to 3.43. I wish I could... Continue Reading »

August 15, 2016

Well, at least the Twins’ Brian Dozier hit his 26th home run, right?

In an otherwise disaster of a game, Brian Dozier kept up his torrid home run hitting pace by blasting No. 26 in an 11-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Brian Dozier has now homered in three consecutive games for the second time this month, third time this season, fourth time in his... 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.