August 10, 2020

The Twins may have a starting pitching problem

Homer Bailey and Rich Hill are on the disabled list, Jake Odorizzi underwhelmed in his debut, Devin Smeltzer was so-so in his previous start, which means Kenta Maeda and Randy Dobnak are the standout starters for the Twins, and I don’t think anyone expected those two to carry the load this season.

And on top of that, Jose Berrios turned in another mediocre start on Sunday to extend the Twins’ losing streak to four games. The Twins lost 4-2 on Sunday and were swept by the Kansas City Royals.

Berrios fell to 1-2 with an ERA of 5.31 after he allowed four runs, all earned, on eight hits over five-plus innings. He also walked three, struck out four and served up a home run.

Randy Dobnak gets the ball on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Will the Dobber snap the losing streak? He’s 2-1 on the season with a 0.60 ERA.

Extra innings…

-After starting the season 10-2, the Twins are now 10-6, a half game ahead of the… Detroit Tigers? That’s right. Gardy’s guys are 8-5, including 5-1 on the road. The Twins are 7-1 at home and 3-5 on the road. They have three games at Milwaukee, then come home for a week before hitting the road again.

-Max Kepler had the only extra-base hit in Sunday’s game, a double in the third inning.

-Former pitcher and current Chicago White Sox broadcaster, Steve Stone, tweeted about the Royals’ sweep of the Twins, pointing out the AL Central is much more competitive this season than last season. says the Twins are one of five teams in the majors that can already be considered a lock to make the postseason.

And writer Will Leitch added:

And honestly, the best news for the Twins is that with the new playoff format, there is almost no way that they are going to face the Yankees in the first round of the postseason.



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.