Category: Devin Smeltzer

June 4, 2021

Yeah, whatever

Is it any wonder the Twins are losing when so many of their players are hurt? Here’s the injured list: Caleb Thielbar, Max Kepler, Mitch Garver, Byron Buxton, Rob Refsnyder, Kenta Maeda, Luis Arraez and Devin Smeltzer. And when you have that many injured players you call up rookie prospects to fill those holes, and... Continue Reading »

May 24, 2021

Twins snap extra-innings losing streak with 8-5 win over Tribe

Finally. After falling to 0-8 in extra-innings, the Twins once again found themselves in the 10th inning, tied at 5-5 against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. But this time they were unbowed. Luis Arraez took his place at second base, Josh Donaldson earned a free pass to first base, then Kyle Garlick worked a full... Continue Reading »

April 25, 2021

Twins go in search of offense and can’t find it in loss to Pirates

The Twins have split the first two games of their three-game series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Twins scored two runs on five hits to shut out the Bucs on Friday because J.A. Happ allowed only one hit over seven-plus innings. Otherwise, a five-hit game is not ideal. On Saturday, the Twins couldn’t... Continue Reading »

March 8, 2021

Twins starting pitching has been sensational. The bullpen? Now that’s a different story

In games that Twins pitchers Jose Berrios, Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, Matt Shoemaker, Devin Smeltzer and Lewis Thorpe have started so far this spring — and this is likely to be the starting rotation, give or take Smeltzer, for the regular season — they have allowed a grand total of one earned run. That came... Continue Reading »

March 1, 2021

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I will not…

The Twins knocked off the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, a 7-6 win in Game 1 of Grapefruit League action that means the club is well on its way to winning a World Series. Yes, it’s spring training. I will try to restrain myself. Best thing I’ve seen in a really long time – fans... Continue Reading »

February 22, 2021

Brian Dozier, we hardly knew ye

Second baseman Brian Dozier, who spent seven of his nine seasons with the Twins, called it a career last week and retired. He leaves the game at 33. Dozier was traded by the Twins to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018. He was never the same player after he left Minnesota, although he would eventually... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2020

Twins go from losing streak to winning streak after series win over Chisox

The Twins made it two wins in a row on Wednesday after a convincing 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Jose Berrios gave the Twins another quality start and Josh Donaldson, who missed all of August with an injury, returned to the lineup and had two hits, including a double. Berrios has been uneven... Continue Reading »

August 18, 2020

Twins score 4 runs again to beat Royals

Four games, 16 runs and three wins is how it all worked out for the Twins in their series with the Kansas City Royals. They won 4-2, lost 4-2, won again 4-2 and almost did it one more time, beating the Royals 4-1 on Monday. Reliever Matt Wisler started the game and was followed by... Continue Reading »

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... Continue Reading »

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.