April 22, 2019

Twins pad lead just in time because Houston awaits

The Twins swept the sad-sack Baltimore Orioles, moved five games above .500 and have a one-game lead on the Cleveland Indians after the Tribe were blown out by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

The timing couldn’t be better for the Twins because now they’re going to get their first real test of the season when they travel to Houston for the first game of a three-game set. Over those three games, the Twins will face Brad Peacock, Wade Miley and Justin Verlander, who already is 3-0 on the young season.

The Twins will counter with Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda; the third starter has yet to be announced. Odorizzi is coming off a 4-1 defeat of the Toronto Blue Jays and is 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in five career starts against the Astros, according to AP.

Odorizzi won his first game last week and Kyle Gibson did the same on Sunday, defeating the Orioles, 4-3. Gibson struck out six over six innings, allowing five hits and two runs, both earned.

After the Twins smashed 11 home runs on Saturday, there were no long balls hit on Sunday. The Twins scored four runs on nine hits, getting extra-base hits from Willians Astudillo, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco.

Extra innings…

-If it all goes badly for the Twins in Houston, at least they have this to look forward to: the Orioles come to Target Field Friday.



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.