The Twins lost to the New York Yankees on Sunday. No surprise, I guess, but to be fair the Twins fielded a team of youngsters, including top pick Royce Lewis, who doubled off pitcher James Paxton in his first at bat. So there was that.
Friday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox was more discouraging because the Twins played what would appear to be their opening day lineup of Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario, C.J. Cron, Marwin Gonzalez, Jonathan Schoop, Jason Castro and Byron Buxton. Let’s face it: that’s a decent lineup!
And yet… the Red Sox did the same and left with a 10-6 victory, reminding everyone that they’re the defending World Series champs.
It’s not that the Twins couldn’t score any runs. They scored six runs on 12 hits, including four extra-base hits. Now, if only the Red Sox hadn’t scored 10 runs on 18 hits.
Starter Kyle Gibson wasn’t sharp. Perhaps he was going to make a limited start anyway, but no matter because he was done after two-plus innings. He gave up five runs on eight hits, including two home runs. He was followed by D.J. Baxendale who gave up two more home runs and three runs total in an inning of work. And that was basically the game.
-So are these Twins ready for the regular season? Twins hitting appears to be in regular-season form; Twins pitching appears to need some work. Outside of Michael Pineda, the other starters pitched with elevated earned run averages and some relievers didn’t fare any better. Hard-throwing Fernando Romero had a tough spring and will start the year at Triple-A Rochester.
Sorry. I’ve been tied up w/ the serious question of the moment — the Twins’ bullpen. https://t.co/qNqDQXxMLZ
— Reusse (@Patrick_Reusse) March 24, 2019
-The Twins play their Triple-A affiliate on Monday, the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday and then they will head north for opening day and the first of a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Friday is an off day, followed by games Saturday and Sunday. My son and I will be at Sunday’s game. Looking forward to it.
-The opening day matchup is Jose Berrios vs. 20-game winner Corey Kluber.