Category: Jake Odorizzi

October 3, 2020

Despite the Twins’ monumental postseason failures, the future is bright. Really.

Amid the slow-moving train wreck that was the Twins’ Game 2 loss to the Houston Astros was this: Alex Kirilloff, a highly ranked prospect in the Twins organization, made his major league debut in that game and wasted no time in getting his first hit, a sharply lined single to right field. A right fielder... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2020

Twins blanked by Cubs. Blah.

After a difficult series against the Chicago White Sox, I was hoping the Twins would find their true form Friday night and blast a few home runs out of Wrigley Field for a convincing Game 1 win in their series with the Chicago Cubs. But that was not to be. The Cubs scored a run... Continue Reading »

August 23, 2020

Don’t look now Twins fans because the White Sox and Indians are on fire

It’s a good thing the Twins won on Saturday because it keeps them just a step ahead of the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians, two teams that are playing really well right now. The South Siders had no problems with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and have now hit 27 home runs in seven... Continue Reading »

August 22, 2020

Twins fall to 0-4 against Royals on the road

The Twins turned in a dud Friday night after a breakout performance by Jose Berrios on Thursday. First, the bad news. Starter Jake Odorizzi and reliever Zack Littell exited Friday’s game with apparent injuries, and Twins hitters accomplished little in between, mustering only six hits in a 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The... Continue Reading »

August 16, 2020

Jose Berrios the weak link in the Twins’ rotation? Nobody saw that coming

The Twins fell to 1-4 against the Kansas City Royals after the two teams split a doubleheader at Target Field on Saturday, including a Game 2 loss in which pitcher Jose Berrios struggled again. Although he struck out seven batters, he also walked four and tossed 84 pitches in five innings. The walks killed him... 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 »

August 9, 2020

3 home runs not enough to overcome off night for Twins bullpen

During the Twins’ six-game winning streak, the bullpen was the talk of baseball, pitching scoreless frame after scoreless frame and racking up six saves. That was not the case on Saturday. Despite three home runs from Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler and Byron Buxton, which also happened to be his third straight game with a long... Continue Reading »

August 8, 2020

The Twins’ first losing streak of the season is here

A six-game win streak came to an end on Thursday and the losing continued Friday after the Twins mostly lined out, grounded out and flied out to the Kansas City Royals. The final was 3-2, Royals. The only bright spot in Friday’s game was Byron Buxton, who homered in his second consecutive game and suddenly... Continue Reading »

August 4, 2020

Twins, punchless at first, rally to tie game and then walk it off, 5-4

It appeared early in Monday’s game that the Pittsburgh Pirates, despite a 2-7 start, were going to stifle the Twins with stingy pitching and exit with a 4-0 win. But in the bottom of the sixth, the Twins scored four runs to tie the game, and then Nelson Cruz ended it in the bottom of... Continue Reading »

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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.