June 21, 2023

When it rains it pours, Twins fans

Just when you think it can get no worse for these underachieving Twins — especially after they lost 9-3 on Monday to the Boston Red Sox — the team runs onto the field Tuesday and hits rock bottom, losing again to the Sox, 10-4. Perhaps that doesn’t sound so bad, except that the Twins were losing 10-0 going into the bottom of the eighth inning.

Witch’s Hat water tower at Prospect Park.

What can one say? This team continues to struggle at the plate and to score runs, and yet once again a Twins starting pitcher made a quality start and lost because of a lack of run support. This time it was Bailey Ober, who fell to 4-4 on the season but still has an earned run average of 2.83. Ober was fine, the bullpen was terrible. Reliever Brent Headrick followed him and allowed five runs on 41 pitches.

Sonny Gray gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings …

-No team in the AL Central has a winning record. The Twins (incredibly) are still winning the division, but are now two games under .500 at 36-38, good enough to have a one-game lead on the Cleveland Guardians. The way things are going for the Twins, I don’t expect that to last.

-There was a silver lining in Tuesday’s loss: Both Byron Buxton and Max Kepler, who have been slumping most of the season, finally connected for home runs late in the game. Royce Lewis also connected for a dinger, one of three hits for him on Tuesday. Lewis is not slumping at the plate, so why is he hitting sixth in the lineup? Move him up, Rocco.

-Here we go again: Ex-Twin Luis Arraez, now with the Miami Marlins, had his third, five-hit game of the season on Monday to demolish the Blue Jays, 11-0. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of old friend Jose Berrios. The Marlins are now 42-31. Arraez is hitting .398 in late June. Amazing.

-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.