Category: Louie Varland

April 16, 2024

Not sure the Twins’ Louie Varland is a starting pitcher

As much as I want to see Twins pitcher Louie Varland succeed in the big leagues, I’m just not sure he is suited to the role of starting pitcher after he lost again Monday night to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4. Although he didn’t walk a single batter and struck out six, he still served up... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2024

Here comes the rooster: Twins rally to beat Brewers with 5-run inning

Through the first four games of the new season, the Twins were averaging 2.75 runs per game, the kind of run-scoring that isn’t going to win you many games. But that all changed Wednesday as the Twins scored seven runs on 11 hits, including a 5-run inning that quickly erased a one-run deficit and propelled... Continue Reading »

March 28, 2024

Twins break camp at 9-19. Are you worried?

The Twins wrapped up Grapefruit League play with a 9-6 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, which is fine as far that goes, but the overall poor play that produced a 9-19 record, plus a growing injury list, has this Twins fan in a glass-half-empty kind of mood as they get set to play... Continue Reading »

March 21, 2024

What? Me worry?

I have to keep reminding myself that it’s only spring training because there are plenty of reasons to be worried about the 2024 Minnesota Twins as the regular season nears. For one, they lost again on Wednesday. Not only did they lose, but the club was blown out 12-3 by the suddenly surging? improved? unbeatable?... Continue Reading »

March 10, 2024

Twins beat Yankees, which always feels good to say

The Twins’ Byron Buxton had an all-world day on Saturday. He hit two triples, a home run, scored three runs and drove in four more to pace Minnesota to a 10-7 win over the New York Yankees. In addition to Buck’s three hits, the team came up with 16 more, including three hits apiece from... Continue Reading »

February 26, 2024

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

Two spring training games are in the books and the Twins have emerged with a 1-1 record in early Grapefruit League play. The Twins lost on Sunday 8-6 to the Boston Red Sox, but kicked things off Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It appeared the Twins were on the verge of... Continue Reading »

September 29, 2023

Winding down the season with a 2-1 loss to the A’s

The Twins are guaranteed a spot in the postseason after clinching the AL Central division, so it’s not too surprising they lost 2-1 to the Oakland A’s on Thursday, and the losing might continue in Denver where the Twins will wrap up the season with a final three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. The reason,... Continue Reading »

September 24, 2023

Twins predictably flat after clinching AL Central crown

The Twins won the division Friday night after an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels. And then they partied on the field, in the clubhouse and who knows where the party took them after that, but they probably weren’t in the best of shape to take the field on Saturday. It certainly showed because... Continue Reading »

September 16, 2023

Where would the Twins be without their rookies?

The Twins have outscored the woeful Chicago White Sox 20-4 over the past two games, and you can thank a handful of rookies who continue to deliver for this team. And nobody has been bigger than Royce Lewis, who hit another grand slam in the Twins’ 10-2 win on Friday. It was his fourth grand... 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.