May 10, 2019

Ron Gardenhire and the return of the Detroit Tigers

Manager Ron Gardenhire and the Detroit Tigers return to Target Field Friday night, and I can’t help but think that Gardy, looking up at the red-hot Twins in the AL Central, is wondering what might have been.

Instead of managing the Tigers, Gardy could still be with the Twins, a team he led for 13 seasons. And instead of being two games under .500 with the Tigers, Gardy could be running a team that has the best record in baseball.

Yes, that’s what the Twins have become. They are 23-12, they have a 3.5 game lead on the second-place Cleveland Indians and they allowed only one run in a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays.

That sweep was punctuated with a 9-1 beat down of the Jays on Wednesday. The Blue Jays never had a chance. The Twins scored seven runs through three innings and the game was effectively over. In all, they scored nine runs on 18 hits, including four home runs. Jorge Polanco went 5-for-5, C.J. Cron 4-for-5 and Eddie Rosario hit his 13th home run.

Meanwhile, after I bemoaned Kyle Gibson’s slow start to the season, Gibson, as if on cue, took the mound and struck out 11 batters, a career high, according to MLB.com.

“If you’re not having fun watching this team, I don’t know what you’re doing,” Gibson told MLB.com.

Jake Odorizzi gets the ball Friday.

Extra innings…

-Friday’s game at Target Field should be jam-packed with fans after the team announced $5 tickets for their 11 remaining home games. After the announcement, the Twins sold 20,000 tickets in one day, according to CBS Sports.

-The Twins play a four-game series against the Tigers, including a doubleheader on Saturday. After the Tigers leave town, the Twins will welcome the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before they hit the road for Seattle.

-The Twins have the best record in baseball, followed by the Tampa Bay Rays at 23-13.

 

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.