April 11, 2016

Twins fall to 0-6, seek home cooking on Monday

The good news? The Twins’ home opener is Monday against the Chicago White Sox. The bad news? Everything leading up to this point: the strikeouts, the lack of hitting, lack of pitching and the poor defense, all of which has contributed to the team’s 0-6 start.

And Sunday’s loss was especially hard because the Twins were in control and leading the Royals 3-1 when not only the wheels of the bus fell off, but it drove off a cliff into an active volcano and exploded into an inferno of shame.

In other words, closer Glen Perkins blew the save in the bottom of the ninth and long relief pitcher Trevor May got hung with the loss in the 10th. May had an error in the inning — a poor throw to first base — followed by a wild pitch home which allowed the runner on third to score. Ballgame. The final? Royals 4, Twins 3.

As always, there were silver linings:

-Ricky Nolasco: Nolasco did his job and more, giving up only one run on three hits over seven innings. He also had no walks, five strikeouts and left the game with a 1.29 ERA.

-Offense: Yes, I said it. The bats, if not warm, are no longer cold because the Twins banged out 11 hits on Sunday. Joe Mauer and Eduardo Nunez had seven of those hits. Now, if only the rest of the team could hit.

-Kevin Jepsen: Setup man Jepsen, who already has two losses, made a scoreless appearance on Sunday.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball on Monday.

 

 

 

April 10, 2016

A different kind of autobiography from Rod Carew

At a discount retailer the other day, I came across an old hardback copy of a Rod Carew autobiography, co-written by former sports writer Ira Berkow. I quickly realized it was too tempting to pass up, so I paid the nominal fee and settled in to flap through its 236 pages. Right away I noticed... Continue Reading »

April 9, 2016

Same as it ever was: Twins off to yet another slow start

Just when you thought it was safe to identify encouraging signs about the Twins during Spring Training, the regular season gets under way and nothing goes as it appears it should. First anthem of the 2016 season. pic.twitter.com/S7IRXRwvL9 — Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) April 4, 2016 That’s because the Twins, who won 19 games in March,... Continue Reading »

April 3, 2016

So this is it: Where will the Twins finish in 2016?

The Twins wrapped up Spring Training with a loss on Friday to the Nationals and an 8-8 tie against the same team on Saturday to finish 19-11-2 before the regular season begins Monday at Baltimore. Game ends in an 8-8 tie, closing the Twins' spring schedule with a 19-11-2 record. Opening Day is 48 hours... Continue Reading »

March 28, 2016

Here’s what I’ve learned about the Twins after the fourth week of Spring Training

The Twins improved to 15-10-1 through Sunday (March 27), showing signs that this team is set to advance on the progress they made last year. The starting pitching has been solid, the offense has clicked — particularly from key players, such as Byung Ho Park, Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe — and the bullpen, while... Continue Reading »

March 25, 2016

Remembering Calvin Coolidge Ermer, baseball manager

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March 20, 2016

Here’s what I’ve learned about the Twins after the third week of Spring Training

The Twins returned to winning form through Saturday (March 19), finishing the week with four wins and a loss to improve to 9-7-1 overall. Most notably, the offense stepped it up, getting blowout victories over the Orioles and Red Sox. Byung Ho Park, Miguel Sano, Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe continue to hit, as do... Continue Reading »

March 13, 2016

Here’s what I’ve learned about the Twins after the second week of Spring Training

After the Twins started Spring Training with a record of 3-1-1, the team slipped to 5-6-1 through Saturday (March 12). Despite the losing record — it’s Spring Training, right? — there still have been encouraging signs for the upcoming regular season. Here’s what I noticed: -Byung Ho Park: Park’s signing is beginning to look like... Continue Reading »

March 7, 2016

Here’s what I’ve learned about the Twins after the first week of Spring Training

The first week of Spring Training is in the books — the Twins started play on Wednesday — and the Twins finished the week with a 3-1-1 record. Not that Spring Training records mean a hoot, but as a fan I’m encouraged by any signs of a potentially winning regular season. Here’s what I noticed:... 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.