September 6, 2022

Twins vs. Yankees: You know the result

I’ve run out of theories as to why the Twins struggle so mightily to beat the New York Yankees, so it is what it is, folks, which means only one thing: the Twins lost again Monday by a score of 5-2.

The AL Central now looks like this: The Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox both won Monday, so the Guards lead the division by a game, while the Sox are a game behind the Twins.

Joe Ryan gets the ball Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-Starting pitcher Chris Archer did Archer-like things on Monday. He actually gave the Twins five innings for only the sixth time this season, but he didn’t win, he didn’t lose and exited the game with his 15th no-decision start of the season.

-Reliever Trevor Megill took the loss after he served up Aaron Judge’s 54th home run. Bullpen mate Emilio Pagan also allowed a home run, his 12th in 52-plus innings, or a home run about every four innings. Here’s a thought: How about just walking Judge every at bat?

-The Twins and Yankees turned five double plays, including three for the Twins.

-Twins Territory on social media was abuzz late Monday with scuttlebutt that rookie pitcher and St. Paul, Minnesota native Louie Varland will make his major league debut Wednesday in the Bronx. Varland, who has pitched at both Double-A and Triple-A this season, is 8-5 with a 3.06 ERA. More impressive is that he has struck out 146 batters in 126-plus innings. It’s a tall order to face the Yanks, but he also appears to have a live arm.

-New York media, as they always seem to be, were ready and waiting for a little Twins/Yankees fun. From the New York Post game story:

The headline:

Aaron Judge’s 54th homer continues Yankees’ mastery of Twins

The lede:

At a time when most things that could go wrong are going wrong for the Yankees, they still have their two constants: Aaron Judge and beating the Twins.

The details:

They helped the Yankees once again beat the Twins (68-65) — they improved to 112-39 against Minnesota since 2002, including 22-2 in The Bronx since the start of 2015 — after coming off a rough road trip.

And then there was this:


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.