May 27, 2024

Lopez loses again as Twins drop finale to Texas

The Twins’ Pablo Lopez, who was pegged as a possible AL Cy Young candidate this season, has been anything but that after he lost again on Sunday to the Texas Rangers, 6-2.

Lopez has allowed 13 runs over his two previous starts. He’s now 4-5 with an ERA of 5.25.

“It makes me mad more than anything,” López told MLB.com. “I haven’t been giving the team length or quality innings or good performances to keep them going. It’s a matter of making adjustments. I’m still not sure what that could be. I do know that something needs to change, and hopefully it happens quicker rather than later.”

Joe Ryan gets the ball Monday.

Extra innings…

-A sweep of the Rangers would have been nice because the next four games are against the red-hot Royals, a team that is 8-2 over the last 10 games.

The last time the Royals were this good was in 2015. They won the AL Central with ease and went on to win the World Series. I thought the Twins had struggled in 2015, but no, they finished second to the Royals at 83-79, although they were 12 games out of first place in Paul Molitor’s first season as manager.

The Twins were 7-12 against the Royals that season and were swept by them at the end of it, losing 3-1, 5-1 and 6-1.

The Star Tribune on Game 162 of the season.

“There were plenty of highlights for the Twins, despite absorbing their third consecutive loss to finish the season at 83-79.

“Rookie outfielder Max Kepler lined a Johnny Cueto pitch into right field in the third inning to collect his first major league hit.

“Danny Santana drove in his first run since before the All-Star break with a fourth-inning single.

“And though he was rocked for five runs, four hits and three walks while retiring only eight batters, Ricky Nolasco took a step forward simply by starting a game for the first time since May 31.”

-The date of Kepler’s first major league hit? Oct. 4, 2015.

-Remember Ricky Nolasco? (Or are you trying to forget?) Nolasco spent parts of three seasons with the Twins before he was traded to the Angels in August 2016. He was 15-22 with a 5.44 ERA as a Twin.

Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Newspapers.com

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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.