April 16, 2024

Not sure the Twins’ Louie Varland is a starting pitcher

As much as I want to see Twins pitcher Louie Varland succeed in the big leagues, I’m just not sure he is suited to the role of starting pitcher after he lost again Monday night to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4.

Although he didn’t walk a single batter and struck out six, he still served up six runs on 11 hits across five innings. To be fair, only four of those runs were earned because of an Eddie Julien error at second base. Varland is now 0-3 on the young season with an ERA of 8.36.

The Twins’ defense, which was great last season, has been on shaky footing of late. Kyle Farmer misplayed a ball at third base, which cost the Twins the game on Sunday, followed by the Julien error Monday night. Watching highlights of the game, I also noticed that Byron Buxton and Austin Martin nearly collided twice in that game. I think Buck needs to have a chat with the rookie.

Chris Paddack gets the ball Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-The ball that either Farmer could not get to or misplayed on Sunday was not ruled an error, according to the box score.

-The Twins are now 6-9, which has me on the verge of demanding that the team call up Trevor Larnach and Brooks Lee from Triple-A St. Paul and get them into the lineup. Except here’s the problem: Both of them are hurt, according to an MLB.com story. Oregon State man Larnach is dealing with turf toe and Lee has low back pain.

-However, the Twins did bang out 11 hits in the loss. Ryan Jeffers and Jose Miranda accounted for six of the team’s 11 hits.

-Ex-Twins watch: How about that Jose Berrios? Berrios made his fourth straight quality start to blank the Rockies, 5-0, on Sunday. He two-hit the Rocks across seven innings with two walks and seven whiffs. He is now 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA.

-Speaking of decent pitching performances, Bailey Ober scattered three hits over six innings with no walks and three strikeouts and emerged with no decision in the Twins’ 4-3 loss to the Tigers on Sunday.

Minnesota split the four-game series with Detroit.

April 14, 2024

Signs of life as Twins take 2 from Tigers

A seven-run inning and a solid start from a rookie pitcher helped the Twins put together back to back wins on Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of the Detroit Tigers. The Twins have gone from a potentially disconcerting 4-9 record to a much more encouraging 6-7 mark heading into the series finale on Sunday. In... Continue Reading »

April 11, 2024

3 runs on 6 hits isn’t much, but I’m sure the Twins will take it

The Twins shook off their losing ways on Wednesday and found a touch more offense to finally beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 and salvage the last game of the three-game series. The Big Bopper was Eddie Julien, who had a 3-for-4 day at the plate, including two home runs, plus three runs scored and... Continue Reading »

April 9, 2024

Twins’ Ober shows improvement in loss to Dodgers

Starter Bailey Ober gave the Twins a much improved outing on Monday, and the bullpen wasn’t that bad either, but if all you can muster is three hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t expect to win. And they didn’t, the Twins losing 4-2 to the team from Los Angeles. They are now 1-7 against... Continue Reading »

April 8, 2024

You know who the Twins miss? Royce Lewis

The Twins are lacking a serious spark in their lineup of late, which explains why the club was 0-for-12 on Thursday and 0-for-11 on Saturday in two losses to the Cleveland Guardians. Saturday’s loss was especially noticeable because the Twins scored one run on two hits. All of this is a reminder that Mr. Clutch,... Continue Reading »

April 5, 2024

Twins fall to .500. At least they’re not the Marlins

The Twins lost their home opener to the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday, 4-2. Both teams had the same number of hits (7) and both teams each committed one error, but look at hitting with runners in scoring position and that’s where you can throw the similarities out the window. It’s not like the Guards put... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2024

Here comes the rooster: Twins rally to beat Brewers with 5-run inning

Through the first four games of the new season, the Twins were averaging 2.75 runs per game, the kind of run-scoring that isn’t going to win you many games. But that all changed Wednesday as the Twins scored seven runs on 11 hits, including a 5-run inning that quickly erased a one-run deficit and propelled... Continue Reading »

April 1, 2024

Twins denied sweep the hard way. Just ask Bailey Ober

The Twins earned a series win over the Kansas City Royals to start the 2024 regular season, but you’d hardly know it after Sunday’s loss. And it was over in a hurry for the Twins and pitcher Bailey Ober. Ober lasted all of four outs, allowing eight runs, all earned, on nine hits, including three... Continue Reading »

March 30, 2024

Twins win, but at what cost?

Want to know what a pyrrhic victory is? A Twins win over anybody that results in the loss of a key player. That’s what the Twins are facing after their 4-1 takedown of the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Royce Lewis, who seems built for big moments, homered on opening day and also singled, but... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.