Category: Devin Smeltzer

June 24, 2022

Twins get 1-0 win over Guardians as bullpen holds the line

This time the bullpen did its job. Nick Gordon hit a solo home run and four pitchers, including three relievers, stood their ground to preserve the lead and give the Twins a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians. The Twins and Cleveland are once again tied for the lead in the AL Central. Devin Smeltzer... Continue Reading »

June 1, 2022

Twins fall to 5-5 in their last 10 games

The Twins fell to 5-5 over their last 10 games after they split a day-night doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. The Twins won the first game easily, then showed up flat for the second game, eeking out only three hits in a 4-0 loss. Twins starter Cole Sands, making his first major league... Continue Reading »

May 27, 2022

And just like that the Twins have a 2-game losing streak

The timely hitting has suddenly disappeared. The Twins struggled with their situational hitting on Wednesday, and did it all over again on Thursday, losing 3-2 to the Kansas City Royals at home, despite connecting for 12 hits. The problem? They were 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. The bottom... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2022

Lewis isn’t going to replace Carlos Correa just yet

Twins Territory wasn’t very happy overnight after we learned Royce Lewis had been sent to Triple-A St. Paul to make room for Carlos Correa and his return to the lineup after spending 10 days on the injured list. Correa certainly didn’t waste any time showing us that he is still the Big Man On Campus... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2022

12 runs one game, 2 runs the next for these Twins

After a nine-run fifth inning, including a grand slam, propelled the Twins to 12-8 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Friday, the Twins reverted to recent form and struggled to score at all, finally falling to the Guardians in the 10th inning by a score of 3-2 on Saturday. The lack of scoring was somewhat... Continue Reading »

April 3, 2022

Twins top Rays, look very, very good as new season approaches

Nick Gordon homered and tripled, lefty Devin Smeltzer pitched four scoreless innings to earn his second win of spring and the Twins rolled the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Saturday to improve to 7-9 in Grapefruit League action. The Twins continue to hit and pitch well, and if that continues… well, that’s the name of... Continue Reading »

March 28, 2022

Carlos Correa fine in debut, Twins bench even better

A real-deal Twins lineup took the field on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, including shortstop Carlos Correa, who made a fine spring debut with a nice play at short and a single at the plate. The other starters were just as good: Miguel Sano singled, Gary Sanchez earned two free passes and Gio Urshela... Continue Reading »

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 »

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.