Category: Joe Ryan

September 3, 2023

The lead still stands at 5 games, Twins fans

The Twins continue to keep pace with the Cleveland Guardians. The Guards have won back to back games over the Tampa Bay Rays, while the Twins have done the same, getting a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday and a 10-inning 9-7 win on Saturday. Two big innings helped the Twins on Saturday.... Continue Reading »

August 23, 2023

Buckle up, Twins fans. It just got real

The Twins’ first step during an important stretch of games was a complete face plant on Tuesday as the Milwaukee Brewers jumped all over reliever Dylan Floro and cruised to an easy 7-3 win. Making matters much worse, the Cleveland Guardians, who have struggled all season long, clobbered the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the... Continue Reading »

August 3, 2023

The Twins look like a .500 team to me

The Twins snapped a five-game losing streak this week with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, and then they reverted to form by losing 7-3 Wednesday, once again showing that this team is only good enough to sustain the most modest of winning streaks. In this case, one game. And before the Twins... Continue Reading »

July 10, 2023

O’s send Twins reeling with 15-2 rout and sweep at Target Field

The 2023 season came to an end on Sunday for the Minnesota Twins. Not literally, of course, but symbolically after the Twins were swept at home, finally losing in embarrassing fashion, 15-2. This may seem hard to believe, but the Twins actually scored the first run of the game and then watched as the Orioles... Continue Reading »

June 26, 2023

Payback: Twins get series win over Tigers

The Twins won 6-3 in 10 innings on Sunday to take two of three games from the Detroit Tigers in their house, which seems perfectly appropriate after the Tigers did the same to the Twins at Target Field earlier this month.   The Twins tied the game late, then scored three runs in the top... Continue Reading »

June 23, 2023

Twins win over Red Sox features rare complete game

The Twins looked pretty good on Thursday, so good in fact it’s as if the team capped a long winning streak, or opened up a substantial lead in the division over their closest rival, or clinched a playoff spot. But let’s not get too excited because Thursday’s 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox means... Continue Reading »

June 5, 2023

Twins whiff their way to series split with Guardians

The Twins came away with a disappointing split of their four-game series with the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday, the finale featuring 16 team strikeouts in a 2-1 loss to the Guards. That made a loser out of starter Joe Ryan, despite making another quality start. But if you’re going to score only one run on... Continue Reading »

May 27, 2023

Twins hitters walk 9 times and still can’t score

The Toronto Blue Jays were in a giving mood in Game 1 of their series at Target Field on Friday, issuing nine base on balls to Twins hitters. Unfortunately, the Twins, continuing a recent theme, could not capitalize on all those base runners and lost 3-1. They went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and... Continue Reading »

May 22, 2023

Twins drop another series as team can’t score, bullpen doesn’t help

The Twins wrapped up their West Coast road trip with a losing record after they dropped both series to the Dodgers and Angels, including Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Halos. And once again a familiar pattern reared its head for the Twins: Great starting pitching, terrible situational hitting (the Twins again could not score with... 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.