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).

 

COMMENTS

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.