March 28, 2021

What do you think of J.A. Happ now, Twins fans?

Free agent pitcher and ex-Yankee, J.A. Happ, saw more spring training action on Friday, but perhaps he wishes he hadn’t after he was roughed up in a 7-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Twins are 1-6 in exhibition play against the Braves.

Happ followed Kenta Maeda, who was his usual sterling self. Maeda scattered three hits over four innings with four strikeouts and then stepped aside for the pitcher who signed a one-year deal with the Twins for $8 million. Happ was terrible, throwing 73 pitches in three-plus innings. In that time, he allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and exited with both the loss and blown save.

Is the 38-year-old pitcher up to the task at hand this season? I’m already feeling like his time with the Twins is going to be short-lived, which makes me glad we have Randy Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe available for potential spot starts.

The Dobber, meanwhile, made another strong appearance on Thursday in the Twins’ 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. He allowed one run over five innings with five strikeouts. The offense also showed a little more pep. Byron Buxton got a rare extra-base hit and the Bringer of Rain, Josh Donaldson, homered and doubled in the win.

Jose Berrios gets the ball on Sunday.

Extra innings…

-Although the Twins lost again to the Braves, they did hit five home runs. The only problem? They were all solo shots. The Twins were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

-Struggling Max Kepler struck out three times on Friday, but he did have one of only four hits in the Twins’ 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. He’s now hitting .077.

-How come the Twins had only four hits? The Rays’ Tyler Glasnow struck out 10 in five innings.

-Nine Twins relievers each pitched an inning in Saturday’s loss.

-The Twins turned three double plays on Friday and three more on Saturday.

-Maeda’s spring ERA stands at 0.49. The Dobber is at 0.44.

-The Twins are 10-14 through Saturday.

COMMENTS

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.