July 25, 2019

What’s it gonna be, Falvey & Co? A deal or no deal?

The Twins scored 27 runs in three games against the New York Yankees. As good as that sounds, it wasn’t good enough because the Yanks scored 30 runs over that span to take two of three games from the Twins, including Wednesday’s 10-7 win.

The Twins ability to hit and score runs has never been in question this season. But as the losses continue to mount and the lead in the AL Central falls to two games, it’s clear the Twins have some serious pitching needs, both in the bullpen and in the starting rotation.

There’s been plenty of speculation and rumor about what the Twins might do before the July 31 trade deadline. I hope it’s much more than that because without a deal, I don’t think the Twins can keep pace in the division. The Cleveland Indians are on fire. They improved to 14-4 in July after a 1-hit shutout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Twins are 8-10 this month.

And yet the front office tandem of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine doesn’t let on much about what they might do. The following tweet is about as insightful as it gets these days.

Jose Berrios gets the ball Thursday against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Bear down, Jose. We need you.

Extra innings…

-The Twins schedule looks like this: four games at Chicago, three at Miami and then they come home to play the Royals, Braves and Indians for four games on Aug. 8-11. That series could be huge.

-Starter Jake Odorizzi was terrible Wednesday. He allowed nine runs, all earned, over four innings. He likely would’ve been pulled before the fourth had it not been for an exhausted bullpen. But rookie Devin Smeltzer, just like Cody Stashak the night before, was impressive. He struck out four over five innings and allowed only one run. He also had the quote of the night.

-The Blake Parker experience is over after the Twins designated him for assignment. The club also sent pitcher Kohl Stewart back to Triple-A Rochester and called up reliever, Carlos Torres, according to MLB.com.

Torres had a 2.79 ERA in 28 Triple-A appearances this season with 42 strikeouts and 18 walks in 48 1/3 innings, spanning stints with El Paso (Padres), Toledo (Tigers) and Rochester.


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.