August 14, 2016

The Twins best pitcher has 8 losses and a 5.71 ERA

Despite the eight losses and the stratospheric earned run average, Tyler Duffey won his eighth game on Saturday, a 5-3 win over the visiting Kansas City Royals. That’s back-to-back wins for the Rice University product, who held the Houston Astros to one run on Monday and limited the Royals to two runs over seven innings on Saturday.

Duffey’s eight wins leads the starting rotation by a wide margin. The next closest is Ervin Santana with five wins, although he has the lowest starting pitcher ERA at 3.62.

Duffey has had an interesting season after he went 5-1 with a 3.10 ERA as a rookie last year. When he pitches well, he’s very good, and when things aren’t going just right, he’s terrible, which likely explains the elevated ERA. For example, he lasted two-plus innings in a 13-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on July 21. But he was sensational against the New York Yankees on June 26 after he struck out eight over eight innings and limited the pinstripers to two hits and one run. In two seasons with the Twins, Duffey is now 13-9 with an ERA of 4.90.

Duffey has the stuff to win consistently, including a breaking ball with good 12-to-6 movement, a la Bert Blyleven. But if he can only show flashes of brilliance, then the Twins have another Kyle Gibson on their hands. And they don’t need that.

Extra innings…

-Saturday’s win snapped a four-game losing streak.

-Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario hit back-to-back home runs Saturday, the 11th time this season the Twins have had back-to-back jacks. The record is 14, which was set by the 1964 Twins.

-Dozier’s home run was his 25th of the season and the 100th of his career.

-Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has apparently been placed on trade waivers. Here’s how that likely plays out, according to the Pioneer Press:

If Suzuki goes unclaimed, the Twins would be free to work out a deal with any interested club. If he is claimed, the team that is awarded the claim would then have 48 additional hours to work out a trade with the Twins.

– Newcomer Hector Santiago technically leads the rotation in wins with 10. But none of those wins happened with the Twins, but with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Santiago, who so far is 0-2 with the Twins, goes for his first win on Sunday.



August 13, 2016

Houston Astros come, conquer Twins

If you’re a Twins fan, this entire season has been about finding the positives amid a sea of losses. And we’ve had some, including the Twins’ 15-11 mark in July. But then the Houston Astros came to town and the positives all but disappeared after the Twins lost three of four games to the ‘Stros.... Continue Reading »

August 11, 2016

Hector Santiago loses again, falls to 0-2 with Twins

Things aren’t going as planned for pitcher Hector Santiago and the Twins after he lost his second consecutive game on Tuesday since coming to the club in exchange for Ricky Nolasco. Hector Santiago shaved off his beard after dropping to 0-2 for #MNTwins. Frustrated? "There’s never frustration. I take it in stride." — Mike Berardino... Continue Reading »

August 8, 2016

Send the Twins’ Miguel Sano to the minors? Never mind

You can forget about Miguel Sano boarding a plane with a one-way ticket to Triple-A Rochester because he won’t be going anywhere after his two home run performance at Tampa on Sunday. Sano’s two bombs, including a three-run homer, helped the Twins beat the Rays, 6-3, to claim another series win. Sorry, @RocRedWings fans, you... Continue Reading »

August 7, 2016

Miguel Sano’s up-and-down play gives Twins more to ponder

Will the real Miguel Sano please stand up? Sano, a surefire star in the making (right?) for the Twins, has recently struggled at the plate and in the field, raising the prospect of a return to Triple-A Rochester. No doubt Sano has heard the talk about his possible return to the minors, so in response... Continue Reading »

August 5, 2016

So much for the sweep: Twins drop final game to Tribe, 9-2

Well… All the hope, promise, fun and excitement generated by the Twins the last few days ended in disappointment Thursday after they couldn’t complete the sweep of the Cleveland Indians. The winning streak also ended at four games, and the Twins were denied a chance to take four games from the Indians in Cleveland for... Continue Reading »

August 4, 2016

Twins’ wrecking crew rolls on, knocks off Tribe 13-5

The Cleveland Indians have the No. 1 pitching staff in the American League, but you’d never know that if you dropped in to watch the last three games between the Twins and Tribe. Once again, the Twins, looking more like the 1927 Yankees of late, poured it on, banging out 15 hits and scoring 13... Continue Reading »

August 3, 2016

Max Kepler homers again as Twins top Tribe

German-born rookie sensation Max Kepler hit his fourth home run in two days to help the Twins top the Cleveland Indians 10-6 on Tuesday. Also joining him in the power department was Brian Dozier, who hit his 20th of the season, making it three straight seasons of 20 or more home runs for the second... Continue Reading »

August 2, 2016

Kepler home runs back Berrios on busy, encouraging day for Twins

Rookie Max Kepler hit three home runs, top prospect Jose Berrios pitched six solid innings and the Twins banged out 19 hits en route to a 12-5 win over the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Monday. And all of this capped a day of promising trades that saw the Twins deal pitchers Ricky Nolasco, Alex... 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.